Unformatted text preview: Hemochromatosis Hemochromatosis is a disease that causes the body to absorb more iron from food than normal. High iron levels can lead to organ damage if it is left untreated for many years. Symptoms include joint pain, fatigue, and abdominal pain. There are two different mutations of the gene that causes hemochromatosis (the HFE gene) and the severity of symptoms depends on the mutations that are inherited. One in 200 people in the United States carry the gene and it is the most common genetic disease in people of northern European descent. There is also a form of this disease that is not due to genetic factors, it is acquired....
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- Fall '10
- Biology, Hemoglobin, red blood cells