What other symptoms might occur with high blood iron?

High blood iron may occur with other symptoms, which can vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Common symptoms that may occur along with high blood iron

High blood iron may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Decreased libido
  • Enlarged liver or painful liver
  • Fatigue
  • Generalized abdominal symptoms, including pain
  • Impotence
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Joint pain
  • Malaise or lethargy
  • Muscle weakness or musculoskeletal pain
  • Skin discoloration (skin appears bronze or gray)
  • Thinning hair anywhere on the body
  • Unexplained weight loss

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

High blood iron is a condition that should be treated to avoid complications. Seek prompt medical care if you have high blood iron along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Enlarged liver
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Severe pain
  • Skin color changes

What is high blood iron?

High blood iron is when your body’s iron level is too high. High blood iron is usually the result of hemochromatosis, a disease in which the body absorbs too much iron from the diet.

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What causes high blood iron?

Normally, your body absorbs only the amount of iron it requires. With high blood iron, however, the body absorbs an abnormally large amount of iron from your diet, and this can result in serious complications. High blood iron is generally the result of a genetic defect or is acquired as a result of multiple blood transfusions.

Common causes of high blood iron

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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