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One of the most common conditions treated with therapeutic phlebotomist training is haemochromatosis.  The excess iron is often deposited in various organs including the liver, pancreas and heart.  As these iron deposits accumulate, they cause progressive tissue and irreversible organ damage.  The goal of therapeutic phlebotomy training is to first reduce the iron stores and then to prevent the re-accumulation of iron deposits.  Within weeks of beginning therapeutic phlebotomy, many of these patients experience relief and a reduction in symptoms including higher energy levels, reversal of skin discoloration, and reduced joint pain.  After lab values such as haemoglobin, haematocrit and liver enzymes are at acceptable levels for an extended period of time, the frequency of the therapeutic phlebotomy sessions can be reduced to “maintenance” levels (a few sessions per year) to prevent the re-accumulation of large iron stores.

Polycythaemia can also be treated with therapeutic phlebotomy venepuncture training. The abnormally high level of red blood cells seen in this disorder results in blood thickening (also know as increased blood viscosity).  This leads to a reduction in blood flow to the organs, which deprives the organs of oxygen and nutrients.  In some cases, most often when there is an additional underlying disease such as hypertension or diabetes, blood clots can form.  Polycythaemia can result in headaches, confusion, red complexion, and blurred vision. In cases where blood clots form, the patient is susceptible to all the issues normally caused by clots, including stroke and coma, which can lead to death.

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