What are the possible complications of hereditary hemochromatosis?
If you have hereditary hemochromatosis, you might need to have a liver biopsy to see if your liver is damaged. For the biopsy, a doctor removes a small piece of your liver and looks at it under a microscope. If you have cirrhosis, you have a higher risk for getting liver cancer. A few people who have cirrhosis may get bad enough to need to have a liver transplant.
Recognition and Management of Hereditary Hemochromatosis by DJ Brandhagen, VF Fairbanks, W Baldus (American Family Physician March 01, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020301/853.html)
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