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Clin Invest Med. 1990 Oct;13(5):256-8.

Hepatic iron and iron absorption in hemochromatosis.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Pathology and Clinical Biochemistry, University Hospital, University of Western Ontario, London.


The relationship between iron absorption and hepatic iron was studied in 21 patients with hemochromatosis. Iron absorption was studied using 59Fe and total body counting and hepatic iron was measured by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Iron absorption was inversely related to hepatic iron concentration (r = -0.51, p = 0.009) in this patient population. This observation suggests that iron absorption is regulated by body iron stores even in hemochromatosis, and does not support the hypothesis that the primary metabolic defect in hemochromatosis is a deregulation of iron absorption in relation to iron stores.

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