Haemochromatosis

Haemochromatosis is one of the most common inherited genetic disorders in Northern Europe.

It affects between 1 in 200-400 people of the Caucasian population.

Haemochromatosis is a serious condition which means that the body absorbs too much iron. This excess iron cannot be removed from the body; consequently, a build-up occurs within different organs and tissues. This will inevitably cause irreversible damage and without adequate supervision the damage will lead to liver scaring; cardiomyopathies, diabetes, hypogonadism and other endocrine disorders.

haemochromatosis

Testing for haemochromatosis

Hereditary haemochromatosis can be difficult to diagnose. Early symptoms such as stiff joints and fatigue can result from other much more common conditions.

Our Outlook test screens for common mutations in the HFE gene that are known to cause haemochromatosis. This test will provide you with the foresight and knowledge related to your child’s predisposition to develop this disorder. Treating this condition early is key to limiting the damage to vital organs, which can lead to life-altering complications.

Our Outlook test simply requires a mouth swab to collect your child’s DNA to be processed at our lab, a quick and pain-free option.

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