What are the causes of secondary hemochromatosis?

Updated: Apr 03, 2017
  • Author: Andrea Duchini, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Secondary hemochromatosis is caused by disorders of erythropoiesis and treatment of the diseases with blood transfusions. [11] After damage of transfused erythrocytes by macrophages, iron freed from heme is accumulated in the body (liver, heart, skin). Secondary hemochromatosis is mainly induced by diseases of erythropoiesis, including thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, X-linked sideroblastic anemia, pyruvate kinase deficiency, hereditary spherocytosis, and congenital dyserythropoietic anemia (CDA).

See also Neonatal Hemochromatosis, Dermatologic Manifestations of Hemochromatosis, Hereditary Hemochromatosis and HFE, Hemochromatosis Imaging, and Transfusion-Induced Iron Overload.

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