Deaths attributed to haemochromatosis are rare in BritainBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7242.1146 (Published 22 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1146
- Gavin Willis, clinical scientist,
- Ian W Fellows, consultant gastroenterologist,
- Jennie Z Wimperis, consultant haematologist
- Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich NR1 3SR
EDITOR—The conclusion of the letter by Allen and Williamson is based on speculation.1 They state that at least half of the individuals who are homozygous for the C282Y mutation of the HFE gene will develop symptoms and signs of haemochromatosis, but they do not give a reference for this statement. The true figure in the British population is probably considerably less than half.
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