New findings prompt call for universal haemochromatosis screening

Researchers show treatment benefits even those with moderate iron overload

Genetics specialists are calling for universal screening for haemochromatosis after their study demonstrated that patients with moderately elevated serum ferritin levels benefit from regular venesection.

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About one in 200 Australians affected by the hereditary condition will benefit from normalisation of serum ferritin levels by iron depletion therapy, according to researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne.

In a study of 94 patients with haemochromatosis, they note that those randomised to iron

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