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What is the history of HFE hereditary haemochromatosis?

When was HFE hereditary haemochromatosis discovered? What is the story of this discovery? Was it coincidence or not?

History of HFE hereditary haemochromatosis
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The disorder was first decribed in 1865. It was then labelled bronze diabetes, a misleading name.
It is only in recent years that serious attempts have been made to understand the mechanisms of iron regulation in the body. Until 20 - 30 years ago the condition was considered rare. Many people who died from liver disease due to iron overload were probably misdiagnosed.
In 1997 a major breakthrough occurred when the HFE gene mutation C282Y was identified.
In recent years much more research has occurred to understand the cause, symptoms, diagnosis and prevalence of the condition.
Many countries now have their own national support groups.
In Australia, see www.ha.org.au .
For other countries check the haemochromatosis International website http://haemochromatosis-international.org/

Posted May 21, 2017 by Tony Moorhead 2051
Personal I don't know anything about the history of HFE hereditary haemochromatosis.

Posted Jun 4, 2017 by bewiki 4317
It is very common among those of Irish, Scottish and NE European descent. Believed to have begun with the Vikings. Also known as The Celtic Curse.

Posted Jul 22, 2017 by Salena 2001
TheVikings when they conquered Europe

Posted Jul 23, 2017 by Warbychick 1901
This has been explained further up.

Posted Jul 25, 2017 by Ketil Toska 2051
The disease was first described in 1865 by Armand Trousseau in a report on diabetes in patients presenting with a bronze pigmentation of their skin. Trousseau did not associate diabetes with iron accumulation; the recognition that infiltration of the pancreas with iron might disrupt endocrine function resulting in diabetes was made by Friedrich Daniel von Recklinghausen in 1890

Posted Aug 2, 2017 by Natalie 2000

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