5 Tests You May Need
1 Blood tests for high levels of iron in the blood (transferrin saturation) and body (ferritin), and to see how your pancreas, liver and organs are working. 2 Checks for other causes of iron build-up (iron supplements, blood transfusions, kidney dialysis, liver disorders, and other conditions that affect how the body handles iron). 3 Ultrasound and/or MRI scans to see how various organs/tissues are affected. 4 Liver biopsy (small tissue sample taken using local anaesthetic) to assess damage, and look for any liver conditions. 5 Blood tests for faulty genes. Relatives may need to be tested too – the earlier treatment is started, the better.