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High levels of iron in blood, had leukemia at 5 years of age. Is there anything to worry? suggestions?

my daughter was just told that she had dangerously high levels of iron ...she had leukemia as a 5 year old and was successfully treated but was told last Friday that it may have reactivated....she's 47 now . My question is , how dangerous is this iron issue ? She said something about cleaning her blood ? I'm not sure she's telling me everything....
Asked On : Fri, 28 Jun 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM,

Iron levels can be raised in number of conditions.
Repeated blood transfusions, excessive iron intake, hereditary disease- hemachromatosis are few conditions in which the blood iron levels are increased.
High level of iron in blood can be abnormally deposited in various organs like skin, heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, etc.
This abnormal deposition can lead to dysfunction of that particular organ.
Various modes of management are available like phelebotomy, chelation agents.
However, first the cause of raised iron in the blood has to be found out.
So, consult your hematologist for clinical examination, relevant investigations and appropriate investigations.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Fri, 28 Jun 2013
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