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what does it mean when iron saturation is low

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Suggests deficiency: Your body has produced plenty of the protein that wants to transport iron, and there's little being transported. This is a good screening test for act ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Zaroulis
55 years experience Hematology
Anemia: it can mean that iron deficiency anemia is occurring. Further blood tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Maybe iron deficient: Low iron saturation could indicate an overall iron deficiency, but there are other blood tests that need to be done to determine this. Most common cau ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: Agree with Dr. B. Low blood iron generally means iron deficiency and you should see your doctor to ascertain the cause and treat the cause as well as ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lori Luchtman-jones
33 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Room for iron!: Most of the body's iron is bound to that red stuff in our red blood cells, hemoglobin. The rest is bound to proteins, like the blood protein transferr ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: Low iron saturation suggests, low body stores of iron. Hemoglobin drops when the stores are depleted. It would be prudent to take oral and multivitami ... Read More
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A 3-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Iron deficiency: "Iron deficiency state without obvious anemia" Therefore, low iron intake persists, anemia will develop, i.e., low hemoglobin level.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Bates jr.
23 years experience Critical Care
Cells: RDW is the calculation of the difference in cell size. The MCV is a better indicator of the actual size of the red cells and if below 80 is considere ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ester Kwok
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Iron deficiency : One with the above numbers has iron deficiency anemia. C doc, who'll ask questions in order to narrow down causes, then probably refer you for endosco ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Nothing on their own: Lab values mean nothing apart from a history and physical exam. That being said, what is most concerning is the likelihood that you are iron deficient ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More

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