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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
How long does it take to see results once the process starts.?
There are two types of treatment for hemochromatosis:
1) Phlebotomy involves removing blood. Each unit of blood that is taken off removes about 250mg of elemental iron. How much time is needed to see results depends entirely on how much iron was on board in the first place. We would need to know the specifics of the case in order to predict how long it would take to get down to goal. Goal is usually a ferritin level around 50mg.
2) Another option is a drug trial that looks at a new medicine that acts as an oral chelator, Exjade. Data from earlier studies indicates that the amount of time needed for a patient to reach goal is about equivalent to that associated with phlebotomy.
Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University