Haemochromatosis: managing hereditary iron overload

14:30 - 15:00

This presentation will  focus on Genetic Haemochromatosis (GH); the MOST common inherited genetic disorder affecting Caucasians that most people have not heard about! Despite its prevalence with approximately 1: 120 with the disease, only 1:5000 people are diagnosed with it.

In GH the body absorbs excess iron and over time can lead to systemic iron overload causing inflammation and tissue damage. Early symptoms are nonspecific such as fatigue, abdominal and joint pain and as  such, can be considered inconsequential by health care practitioners. Once diagnosed treatment is lifelong!

This talk will discuss GH, the signs, symptoms and treatment as well as discuss some research findings from a small qualitative study on patients experiences of the disease.

Gerri Mortimore, Senior Lecturer, University of Derby