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    Hereditary Hemochromatosis

    Sorry to be off Beech-topic, but does anyone have any info on medical
    certification on someone with hereditary hemochromatosis? Appears to
    be caught early enough to avoid any permanent organ damage; treatment
    requires frequent bloodletting at first, then blood donations every 3
    months or so, to reduce iron levels (it's a disease where the body
    does not regulate iron uptake, and iron accumulates in vital organs).

    I can't find much info via google except for military aviators.
    Canadian info would be great if anyone has it. Computer illiterate
    pilot buddy in our flying group asked for info from the 'net.

    Thanks

    Mike






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    Hereditary Hemochromatosis

    Call AOPA or COPA. Best medical-issues source that I know of.

    Sorry to be off Beech-topic, but does anyone have any info on medical
    certification on someone with hereditary hemochromatosis? Appears to
    be caught early enough to avoid any permanent organ damage; treatment
    requires frequent bloodletting at first, then blood donations every 3
    months or so, to reduce iron levels (it's a disease where the body
    does not regulate iron uptake, and iron accumulates in vital organs).

    I can't find much info via google except for military aviators.
    Canadian info would be great if anyone has it. Computer illiterate
    pilot buddy in our flying group asked for info from the 'net.

    Thanks

    Mike

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    Hereditary Hemochromatosis

    Hi Mike,

    Supposedly the most common genetic disorder. It is a result of a mutation
    of the 6th chromosome occurring in about one it 200 people. Basically, it
    is a fault with the body's ability to absorb iron. As iron levels build up,
    severe organ damage can result. First catch is usually the result of a
    ferritin test. However, elevated levels will also occur as a result of
    liver damage such as hepatitis or excessive use of alcohol. Usually, if a
    high ferritin level is detected, this will be followed by an iron test and
    genetic testing. If it actually is hemochromatosis, treatment is
    withdrawing a pint of blood frequently (often weekly) until the iron level
    returns to normal and then giving blood 3 or 4 times a year for maintenance.
    Not sure, but don't think it would be an issue on a flight physical.

    John





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    Call AOPA or COPA. Best medical-issues source that I know of.

    Sorry to be off Beech-topic, but does anyone have any info on medical
    certification on someone with hereditary hemochromatosis? Appears to
    be caught early enough to avoid any permanent organ damage; treatment
    requires frequent bloodletting at first, then blood donations every 3
    months or so, to reduce iron levels (it's a disease where the body
    does not regulate iron uptake, and iron accumulates in vital organs).

    I can't find much info via google except for military aviators.
    Canadian info would be great if anyone has it. Computer illiterate
    pilot buddy in our flying group asked for info from the 'net.

    Thanks

    Mike

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