European Radiology

, Volume 7, Issue 8, pp 1199–1206

Radiological features of the visceral and skeletal involvement of hemochromatosis

  • H. J. Jäger
  • U.-M. Mehring
  • G. F. Götz
  • M. Neise
  • R. Erlemann
  • H. J. Kapp
  • K. D. Mathias
Musculoskeletal radiology – Pictorial review

DOI: 10.1007/s003300050274

Cite this article as:
Jäger, H., Mehring, UM., Götz, G. et al. Eur Radiol (1997) 7: 1199. doi:10.1007/s003300050274

Abstract

Hemochromatosis is a multisystem disorder produced by the excessive accumulation of iron in visceral organs and the musculoskeletal system. Clinically the disease may be silent, but characteristic radiological features may point to the diagnosis. The increased iron stores in the organs involved, especially in the liver and pancreas, result in an increased attenuation at unenhanced CT and an decreased signal intensity at MR imaging. Hemochromatosis arthropathy includes degenerative osteoarthritis and chondrocalcinosis. The distribution of the arthropathy is distinctive, but not unique, frequently affecting the second and third metacarpophalangeal joints of the hand.

Key words: Hemochromatosis Metacarpophalangeal joints MR imaging CT 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Jäger
    • 1
  • U.-M. Mehring
    • 1
  • G. F. Götz
    • 1
  • M. Neise
    • 2
  • R. Erlemann
    • 3
  • H. J. Kapp
    • 4
  • K. D. Mathias
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, City Hospital Dortmund, Beurhausstrasse 40, D-44 137 DortmundGermany
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, St. Johannes Hospital, An der Abtei 7–11, D-47 166 DuisburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, St. Johannes Hospital, An der Abtei 7–11, D-47 166 DuisburgGermany
  4. 4.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Center for Rheumatology, Rheingaustrasse, D-65 388 SchlangenbadGermany

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