Disease Information for Cardiomyopathy, hemochromatosis: Definition

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  • A disorder due to the deposition of hemosiderin in the parenchymal cells, causing tissue damage and dysfunction of the liver, pancreas, heart, and pituitary; Full development of the disease in women is restricted by menstruation, pregnancy, and lower dietary intake of iron; Acquired hemochromatosis may be the result of blood transfusions, excessive dietary iron, or secondary to other disease; Idiopathic or genetic hemochromatosis is an autosomal recessive disorder of metabolism associated with a gene tightly linked to the A locus of the HLA complex on chromosome 6; (From Dorland, 27th ed)

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