The Iron ManCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Vikrant Vijan,
Former Postgraduate, Department of Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kochi-682041, Kerala, India.
The clinical presentation of haemochromatosis is usually complex and differs from patient to patient. We present one such complex case of primary haemochromatosis in a 35-year-old man with congestive heart failure and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia. He was a known case of diabetes, was infertile after nine years of marriage, and displayed haepatomegaly with increased homogenous attenuation of liver. His serum iron levels (347 µg/dL) and serum ferritin levels (2169 ng/mL) were very high, which made us call him an ‘Iron Man’. Liver biopsy and genetic testing confirmed the diagnosis of primary haemochromatosis. With regular phlebotomies, along with treatments for secondary complications, his symptoms improved gradually and the patient is doing well for past 11 years.
Congestive heart failure, Haemochromatosis, Haemojuvelin, Hypogonadism Phlebotomy
Vikrant Vijan, Anjith Vupputuri, Aniketh Vijay Balegadde, Manav Aggarwal, Rajesh Thachathodiyl. THE IRON MAN. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 April [cited: 2019 Nov 15 ]; 12:OD04-OD06. Available from
Date of Submission: Sep 11, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Nov 27, 2017
Date of Acceptance: Nov 30, 2017
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2018
FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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