Prognosis of hemochromatosis

The degree of organ damage, especially in the liver, is decisive for a prognosis. Patients with severe liver tissue scarring (cirrhosis) and diabetes appear to have a shorter life expectancy. Otherwise life expectancy is normal. Conditions such as tiredness, initial signs of liver disease, skin pigmentation, upper stomach pain and virility problems are alleviated by bloodletting. Joint pain usually does not respond to therapy. Patients with cirrhosis of the liver and high ferritin values (over 1000µg/l when diagnosed) should have regular liver ultrasound examinations.