Saturday, March 7, 2015

Study group discussion: Haemosiderosis and haemochromatosis

Differences between haemosiderosis and haemochromatosis?

Haemochromatosis is iron overload primary and secondary, iron overload is within cells and interstitium, causes tissue damage. Hemochromatosis is primarily genetic!

Where as haemosiderosis  is a form of secondary hemochromatosis due to repeated blood transfusions, deposition of haemosiderin in the cells, with reversible accumulation of iron in RES. I hope its clear!

So heamochromatosis is irreversible?
The tissue damage, I agree, will have consequences. But you can chelate the excess iron?

Yes! But reversible if in the form of secondary- haemosiderosis

Blood letting! Pts encouraged to donate blood it seems, and iron chelating agents would help.

Those untreated develop HCC
Even cardiomegaly
And endocrine issues.. Especially, pituitary and the adrenals

Yeah I think they continuously need to get their iron chelated

So it can be counted as reversible then?

Not reversible..But manageable.

Yes that's a good term actually

Controllable I would say!

Heart failure cells are macrophages laden with haemosiderin in LVF OR pulmonary odema.

Was an episode in house MD. The girl was suspected to have it cause her skin tone had changed several tones darker.

There was this one more episode where they diagnosed Wilson's disease based on the colour change of nailbed on rubbing it with nail remover! I so want to try that.

Really ?

The blood copper level wasn't raised.. No kf rings in cornea.
The lady was a mean woman.. She couldn't feel emotions.. Was manipulative. And the change in personality happened when she was a teenager.


They applied nail remover and behold.. The  nail turned blue.
I had a suspected case of Wilson's disease in my college.. She took discharge before I could experiment this.

There is even one more episode on Wilson's in season 1. They diagnose it by observing KF ring over the cornea.
Also, an another episode on Hemochromatosis with a mean chess playing lad.

Yup.. I remember both the episodes! The alcoholic mom with schizophrenia had Wilson's. And the jerk xD

Yeah! Actually, she did not have schizophrenia. They were the manifestations of Wilson's itself.

It was pretty cool how House figures that self sacrifice isn't a symptom of Schizophrenia

Yeah! I love the way House has epiphanies leading to diagnoses.


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