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Risk Factor - Hemochromatosis

Risk Factor - Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a disorder where the body absorbs too much iron from the gastrointestinal tract.  It occurs when too much iron builds up in the body.  This is a genetic condition that is usually inherited.

Having too much iron in the blood can damage cartilage and the ability of joints to repair themselves.  Hemochromatosis is a risk factor for developing knee osteoarthritis.