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Pediatrics. 1992 Jul;90(1 Pt 1):37-42.

Primary hemochromatosis in children: report of three newly diagnosed cases and review of the pediatric literature.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


Hereditary hemochromatosis was diagnosed in three asymptomatic siblings following the unexpected finding of elevated serum iron concentrations. This diagnosis was confirmed by hepatic biopsy. Repeated phlebotomies resulted in a significant decline of serum iron and ferritin concentrations and a decrease of hepatic iron content. This report and a review of the literature indicate that the diagnosis of hereditary hemochromatosis must be considered more frequently in childhood. Organ dysfunction from iron overload may be minimized in children by the early commencement of regular phlebotomy.

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