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JAMA. 1978 May 12;239(19):1999-2000.

Preclinical hemochromatosis in a population on a high-iron-fortified diet.


Three hundred forty-seven (96.4%) of all persons aged 30 to 39 years were screened with serum iron and iron binding capacity measurements to determine the incidence of hemochromatosis in a population. No women had signs of iron overload; however, nine men (5%) had persistenly elevated serum iron levels. In four men (2%), increased iron stores was found with a distribution like that in the early stages of hemochromatosis. In combination with recent findings of clinical hemochromatosis at our hospital, this study suggests that this condition is not as rare as has been reported earlier.

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