Characteristics of participants with self-reported hemochromatosis or iron overload at HEIRS Study initial screening
There are few descriptions of young adults with self-reported hemochromatosis or iron overload (H/IO). We analyzed initial screening data in 7,343 HEmochromatosis and IRon Overload Screening (HEIRS) Study participants ages 25-29 years, including race/ethnicity and health information; transferrin saturation (TS) and ferritin (SF) measurements-, and HFE C282Y and H63D genotypes. We used denaturing high-pressure liquid chromatography and sequencing to detect mutations in HJV, TFR2, HAMP, SLC40A1, and FTL. Fifty-one participants reported previous H/IO; 23 (45%) reported medical conditions associated with H/IO. Prevalences of reports of arthritis, diabetes, liver disease or liver cancer, heart failure, fertility problems or impotence, and blood relatives with H/IO were significantly greater in participants with previous H/IO reports than in those without. Only 7.8% of the 51 participants with previous H/IO reports had elevated TS; 13.7% had elevated SF. Only one participant had C282Y homozygosity. Three participants aged 25-29 years were heterozygous for potentially deleterious mutations in HFE2, TFR2, and HAMP promoter, respectively. Prevalences of self-reported conditions, screening iron phenotypes, and C282Y homozygosity were similar in 1,165 participants aged 30 years or greater who reported previous H/IO. We conclude that persons who report previous H/IO diagnoses in screening programs are unlikely to have H/IO phenotypes or genotypes. Previous H/IO reports in some participants could be explained by treatment that induced iron depletion before initial screening, misdiagnosis, or participant misunderstanding of their physician or the initial screening questionnaire. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Barton, James C.; Acton, Ronald T.; Leiendecker-Foster, Catherine; Lovato, Laura; Adams, Paul C.; Eckfeldt, John H.; McLaren, Christine E.; Reiss, Jacob A.; McLaren, Gordon D.; Reboussin, David M.; Gordeuk, Victor R.; Speechley, Mark R.; Press, Richard D.; and Dawkins, Fitzroy W., "Characteristics of participants with self-reported hemochromatosis or iron overload at HEIRS Study initial screening" (2008). The Center For Sickle Cell Disease Faculty Publications. 148.