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Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis and thick blood

08/19/2008

Question:

have been diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis. During my first blood draw the nurse commented on how thick my blood was. Is this common with this disease?

Answer:

This has nothing to do with hemochromatosis or the amount of iron in your blood.  The thickness of your blood probably reflects the fact that you are either on a diuretic or are dehydrated.  You need to take this up with your doctor.

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Response by:

Mark   Wurster, MD Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University