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Iron Deficiency

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Iron Deficiency

Also known as Iron Deficiency Blood
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What is this test?

Serum iron quantification is useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis. The measurement of total iron binding in the same specimen may facilitate the clinician's ability to distinguish between low serum iron levels caused by iron deficiency from those related to inflammatory neoplastic disorders. The assay for iron measures the amount of iron which is bound to transferrin. The total iron binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron that would appear in blood if all the transferrin were saturated with iron. It is an indirect measurement of transferrin concentrations but expressed as an iron measurement. To obtain the percent saturation, the serum iron is divided by the TIBC which gives the actual amount of saturated transferrin. The percent saturation is low in iron deficiency and high in iron storage diseases.

Also known as Iron Deficiency Test.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Iron Deficiency. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Iron Deficiency. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

Understanding your test results

GenderAge groupsValue
MALEAll age groups65 - 176 microgram/dl
FEMALEAll age groups50 - 170 microgram/dl
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