What are the benefits of phlebotomy in the treatment of hemochromatosis?

Updated: Apr 03, 2017
  • Author: Andrea Duchini, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Most patients require maintenance phlebotomy in which 1 unit of blood is removed every 2-3 months. Therapeutic phlebotomy may improve or even cure some of the manifestations and complications of the disease, such as fatigue, elevated liver enzymes, hepatomegaly, abdominal pain, arthralgias, and hyperpigmentation. Other complications usually show little or no change after phlebotomy.


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