Korean J Med.  1998 May;54(5):708-712.

A Case of Hemochromatosis

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Pochon CHA Medical University.
  • 2Department of Pathology, Pochon CHA Medical University.
  • 3Pundang CHA General Hospital, Kyonggi-do, Korea.


Idiopathic hemochromatosis is hereditary hemochromatosis without secondary cause. Hereditary hemochromatosis is a common disorder of iron metabolism with a prevalence of 1 case per 250-300 persons. Affected individuals absorb excessive amounts of dietary iron for a long time and tissue iron deposition results in skin discoloration, arthropathy, hepatic cirrhosis, heart cirrhosis, heart failure, diabetes mellitus and impotence. Early diagnosis and institution of phlebotomy treatment will prevent these manifestations and normalize life expectancy. We report a case of hemochromatosis in 65-year-old male of no transfusion and iron ingestion history who was anti-HCV(+), chronic alcoholic, hepatic iron index>2.24.


hemochromatosis; hepatic iron index; serum transferrin saturation
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