Korean J Pathol.  1998 Aug;32(8):608-612.

Secondary Hemochromatosis in a Patient with Aplastic Anemia: An autopsy case report

  • 1Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Asan Medical Center College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea.


We report an autopsy case of secondary hemochromatosis associated with multiple frequent blood transfusion for the treatment of aplastic anemia. A 23-year-old man had been diagnosed as having aplastic anemia at the age of 13. He received a whole blood transfusion, about 1280 ml, every month during the past 10 years. Recently he developed diabetes mellitus and a congestive heart failure. The autopsy revealed that multiple organs were affected by secondary hemochromatosis, including the liver, heart, pancreas, spleen, bone marrow, stomach, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, and testes. The lungs and liver showed gross and microscopic findings consistent with a congestive heart failure in addition to hemochromatosis. The details are presented. This is a case of rare secondary hemochromatosis occurring in a young man and presenting the classic histopathologic changes indistinguishable from those of primary hemochromatosis.


Anemia; Autopsy; Blood transfusion; Hemochromatosis
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