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March 10, 1934

HEMOCHROMATOSIS IN A WOMAN

JAMA. 1934;102(10):764-765. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.62750100001009
Abstract

Hemochromatosis is not an uncommon disease. Its occurrence in women, however, is a rarity. My purpose in the present communication is to place on record another of these exceptional cases.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.—  M. L., a white woman, aged 47, an American housewife, first seen, June 7, 1930, complained of polydipsia and loss of weight. In May, 1929, a trace of sugar had been discovered in the urine which, in spite of a restricted carbohydrate intake, had rapidly mounted. In July she entered a hospital in Portland, Maine, where she was finally rendered sugar free on a weighed diet of 150 Gm. of carbohydrate, 60 Gm. of protein, 90 Gm. of fat and 4 units of insulin at bedtime. Since that time, although she adhered strictly to her diet, sugar had appeared irregularly in the urine and she had lost 7 pounds (3.2 Kg.). Polydipsia had been present for

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