What Is Hereditary Hemochromatosis?

Hereditary hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder in which there is excessive accumulation of iron in the body, otherwise known as iron overload.

Hereditary hemochromatosis is one of the most important causes of iron overload.

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Individuals affected with hereditary hemochromatosis may have no symptoms or signs (and have normal longevity), or they can have severe symptoms and signs of iron overload that include sexual dysfunction, heart failure, joint pains, liver cirrhosis , diabetes mellitus, fatigue, and darkening of skin.