Liver iron concentrations were determined in 60 alcoholics with liver disease of varying severity, 15 patients with untreated idiopathic hemochromatosis, and 16 control subjects with biliary tract disease. Mean liver iron concentrations (microgram/100 mg dry weight) were significantly greater in the alcoholics (156.4 +/- 7.8 (SEM); P less than 0.05) and in patients with idiopathic hemochromatosis (2094.5 +/- 230.7; P less than 0.01) than in control subjects (53.0 +/- 7.0). Liver iron concentr...Expand abstract
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Hepatic iron stores and markers of iron overload in alcoholics and patients with idiopathic hemochromatosis.
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