2:30 PM EDT: Primary Hereditary Hemochromatosis vs Secondary Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a disease in which the body either absorbs too much iron or stores too much iron in the tissues, resulting in iron overload. Primary hereditary hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder of iron metabolism, causing an accumulation and storage of iron in the tissues which results in organ and tissue damage. Secondary hemochromatosis is an acquired or induced disease. Frequent blood transfusions for patients with hematological disorders is often a cause of secondary hemochromatosis. While the etiologies of primary and secondary hemochromatosis are very different, the clinical implications are the same. This session will provide an overview of both primary and secondary hemochromatosis, the consequences and complications of iron overload, and ways in which diseases of iron overload can be managed.

Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe the differences between primary and secondary hemochromatosis, as well as discuss treatment options.

Contact Hours: 1
CRNI® RUs: 2


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