Haemochromatosis of the liver

Haemochromatosis of the liver

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Caption: Haemochromatosis of the liver. Section through a liver affected by haemochromatosis. This is a physiological disorder where excessive amounts of iron are absorbed by the body. It is an inherited disease caused by a genetic defect and can cause organ damage and arthritis. Haemochromatosis is treated by removal of the excess iron by bloodletting, as the blood is the body's largest store of iron.

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