Iron Overload (cont.)

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What are the recommendations for screening for liver cancer in hemochromatosis?

Liver cancers (hepatoma or hepatocellular cancer) mainly occur in patients with cirrhosis. Therefore, patients with hemochromatosis and cirrhosis should have abdominal ultrasound examinations and blood tests for alpha-fetal protein (a protein produced by liver cancer) every six months.

Medically reviewed by Edward Spence, MD; American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Medical Genetics with subspecialties in Clinical Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Clinical Molecular Genetics

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CDC, Hemochromatosis ( Iron Loading Disease) Training & Education - EpidemiologyPrevalence


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/7/2014

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