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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 143-146
Clinical Gastroenterology

Should the Children of Patients with Hemochromatosis be Screened for the Disease?

Donald G. MacIntosh, John C. Bear, John Simpson, Terry A. Komusi, William H. Marshall, and James A. Barrowman

Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St Clares Mercy Hospital, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Received 21 July 1988; Accepted 22 August 1988

Copyright © 1988 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Idiopathic hemochromatosis is an underdiagnosed treatable condition inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. Since early treatment is of demonstrated value, screening of high risk groups of individuals in a valuable exercise in preventive medicine. Although examination of siblings is always recommended, the frequency of the hemochromatosis gene makes the screening of children of patients with hemochromatosis an important undertaking, as illustrated by the families described in this report.