Issue: 2002 > December > editorial

Prevention of organ failure in hereditary haemochromatosis

J.J.M. Marx


In this editorial the dominant sites of organ manifestations in hereditary haemochromatosis are discussed as well as conditions that can occur as a result of iron-mediated manifestations: liver disease, diabetes mellitus, arthritis, and cardiomyopathy. The incidences of these organ manifestations and their well-known typical symptomatology are mentioned, in order to investigate hereditary haemochromatosis as a possible (missed?) cause of the chronic fatigue syndrome. In particular the limitations of most studies about the prevalence of hereditary haemochromatosis in patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome are clearly summarised.