A test for a genetic disorder which causes the body to absorb too much iron.
Haemochromatosis (iron overload disorder) is a genetic disorder causing the body to absorb excessive amounts of iron from the diet. The excess iron is then deposited in the liver, pancreas, heart, endocrine glands, and joints.
Normally the liver stores a small amount of iron for the essential purpose of providing new red blood cells. When excessive quantities of iron are stored in the liver it becomes enlarged and damaged. Deposits of iron may also occur in other organs and joints, causing serious tissue damage and potentially heart failure and liver disease.
Incidence of the disease in Caucasians is 1:400. Genetic Haemochromatosis is now recognised as being one of the most common genetic disorders.
Haemochromatosis is easily treated by removing blood from the body on a regular basis which causes a drop in iron levels.
See Iron Overload Check.
This test is for people who have a family member who has been diagnosed with haemochromatosis or who are suffering from unexplained symptoms which are consistent with a diagnosis of iron overload disorder. Sometimes a blood biochemistry profile reveals a high iron content which requires further investigation.
Excessive iron absorbsion takes place over many years and eventually can lead to deblititating symptoms including:
Feeling tired all the time
In women the absence of periods
In men an inability to get or maintain an erection.
We will send you your Haemochromatosis blood and test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Haemochromatosis test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.