Hemochromatosis is a disease in which there is a build up of too much iron in the body. There are two types of hemochromatosis primary and secondary. Primary, sometimes called hereditary, hemochromatosis is an inherited condition in which the digestive system absorbs too much iron. Secondary hemochromatosis is usually the result of something else, such as anemia, too much iron in the diet, chronic liver disease or blood transfusions. Symptoms may include joint pain, fatigue, abdominal pain, and loss of sex drive. The treatment for hemochromatosis is called phlebotomy. Phlebotomy is the process of removing blood from the body that allows iron levels to return to normal. This can be done more or less frequently, depending on the severity of the condition.