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Haemochromatosis

If you have haemochromatosis it means your body absorbs too much iron. If your iron level becomes too high it could damage your joints and your major organs, such as your liver, heart, and pancreas.

This is a genetic disorder, meaning it runs in families. Many people carry the haemochromatosis gene, but don't have any significant effects from it.

One of the treatments for haemochromatosis is to remove some blood. This is called venesection and is done mostly by the New Zealand Blood Service.

New Zealand Blood Service advice for people with haemochromatosis

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Haematology, Canterbury DHB. Updated June 2015.

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