Primary and secondary hemochromatosis (mnemonic)

Last revised by Owen Kang on 26 Apr 2020

A mnemonic to remember the radiological features of hemochromatosis is:

  • P's for primary and S's for secondary


Primary hemochromatosis
  • P: parenchymal (liver, myocardium, thyroid and synovium)
  • P: pancreas
  • P: pituitary
  • P: poor liver (organ dysfunction and malignancy)
Secondary hemochromatosis
  • S: spleen
  • S: stem cells (bone marrow)
  • S: sparing of the pancreas

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