Why is it important to distinguish hemochromatosis arthropathy from rheumatoid arthritis?

Updated: Apr 03, 2017
  • Author: Andrea Duchini, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Distinguishing hemochromatosis arthropathy from rheumatoid arthritis is important for several reasons. For example, patients with hereditary hemochromatosis do not require corticosteroid treatment. In addition, if a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is made incorrectly, treatment with phlebotomy is not started early, and familial genetic counseling is not considered. [69]

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