A test for a genetic disorder which causes the body to absorb too much iron.

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About this test

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 purpose of producing 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.

Who is this test for?

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.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included

Blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Haemochromatosis blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Haemochromatosis test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood 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 sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Haemochromatosis test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account

Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Haemochromatosis test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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