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Thursday, April 24, 2014
What specialist treats hemochromatosis?
I would like to know what sort of specialist usually treats hemochromatosis -- a hematologist? Is a primary physician usually the one to make the diagnosis?
Hemochromatosis is usually treated by a patient’s primary care or family physician or a hematologist. A primary physician usually makes the initial diagnosis based on iron panel testing. Also, confirmatory genetic testing can be ordered. It is helpful for a genetic counselor and/or geneticist to help in interpreting the genetic testing results and providing genetic counseling and risk assessment for the patient and other family members.
Amy Curry Sturm, MS, LGC
Associate Professor of Human Genetics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University