How is hemochromatosis differentiated from alcoholic liver disease?

Updated: Apr 03, 2017
  • Author: Andrea Duchini, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Patients with alcoholic disease include those who are heavy drinkers, perhaps of iron-containing fortified wines, who have cirrhosis. Liver biopsy in these patients may show a modest increase in iron; however, contrary to patients with hemochromatosis, the hepatic iron levels are relatively normal and iron stores are less than 4 g.


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