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Haemochromatosis: 2. Is it really haemochromatosis? Diagnosis and misdiagnosis

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This education is accredited: RACGP 3 CPD, ACRRM 2 CME PD.

This is one module of the haemochromatosis series of education, which is also available as the 5-hour Accredited CPD Activity Haemochromatosis: Preventing harm caused by iron overload with timely diagnosis and best practice management.

 

This module provides an overview of hereditary haemochromatosis and the symptoms of iron overload. Participants will gain an understanding of how to interpret iron study results, and how to determine when genetic testing is warranted. The module also covers how to access the therapeutic venesection service offered by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

On completion of this education activity participants will be able to:
  • Explain, in simple terms, the genetic cause of hereditary haemochromatosis and the pathological processes that lead to iron overload.
  • Identify general symptoms of iron overload and symptoms which indicate higher levels of iron overload around specific organs.
  • Distinguish factors which enhance or reduce the degree of iron loading in hereditary haemochromatosis.
  • Assess when iron study test results indicate iron overload and determine when genetic testing for haemochromatosis is warranted.
  • Describe how iron levels are reduced in patients with hereditary haemochromatosis, and how to access the therapeutic venesection service offered by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.


This activity is sponsored by Haemochromatosis Australia.
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Haemochromatosis: 2. Is it really haemochromatosis? - Education
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