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Haemochromatosis, also spelled hemochromatosis, is a hereditary disease characterized by improper processing by the body of dietary iron which causes iron to accumulate in a number of body tissues, eventually causing organ dysfunction. It is the main iron overload disorder.


The disease was first described by Armand Trousseau (Biography) in an article on diabetes: Glycosurie, diabète sucré. Clinique médicale de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Paris, 2nd ed, Paris, 1865, 2: 663-698. He did not make the link with iron accumulation. This was done by Daniel von Recklinghausen (Biography) in Hämochromatose. Tageblatt der Naturforschenden Versammlung 1889. Heidelberg, 1890:324.

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