Appropriate Tests


Acquired disorder, with increased iron stores and risk of progressive organ damage.

For complications, see Hereditary haemochromatosis, Table 3.

Repeated blood transfusion


  • Myelodysplasia

See Myelodysplastic syndromes (classification).

  • Sideroblastic anaemia


  • Homozygous ß Thalassaemia

Iron absorption is also increased, contributing to the iron loading.

Excessive, prolonged iron ingestion and/or administration including


  • Iron therapy

see Iron toxicity.

  • Alcoholism