Hemochromatosis is a condition that occurs when the intestines absorb more iron than they normally should. As a result, large amounts of iron are stored in various organs of the body, such as the liver, pancreas, and heart, which may cause these organs to fail if left untreated. Possible symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, and stomach pain.
In order to diagnose this disease, your healthcare provider will likely begin by performing a physical exam and asking about your symptoms. Certain tests, such as blood tests, may be ordered to help confirm the diagnosis or rule out other conditions. Treatment for this condition typically involves phlebotomy, which is a process that involves removing blood once or twice a week for several months or longer.
(For more information on how this disease is diagnosed and treated, click Hemochromatosis.)