Hemochromatosis, also known as iron overload disease, is a blood disease which is either an inherited condition (primary hemochromatosis), or may be caused by anemia, alcoholism, and other disorders (secondary hemochromatosis).
Hemochromatosis manifests by the body absorbing and storing too much iron. Left untreated, the extra iron can build up in the body's organs and can cause them damage. Typically, the affected organs include the liver, heart, and pancreas.
Juvenile hemochromatosis and neonatal hemochromatosis are two additional forms of the disease. In juvenile hemochromatosis, the iron overload may lead to liver and heart disease in adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 30. The neonatal form of hemochromatosis causes rapid iron buildup in a baby's liver, and can lead to death.
This serious medical condition must be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. If a healthcare provider fails to do so, serious injury could occur.
Blume Forte NJ personal injury lawyers and medical staff have the ability to review medical records to determine if there were any shortcomings in the diagnosis and treatment of hemochromatosis and other diseases. Please contact us at (973) 635-5400 for a no cost consultation and review of medical documentation.
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