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What does it mean when iron saturation is low

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Zaroulis
Hematology 56 years experience
Anemia: it can mean that iron deficiency anemia is occurring. Further blood tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
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
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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
34 years experience
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
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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
A member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Iron deficiency: "Iron deficiency state without obvious anemia" Therefore, low iron intake persists, anemia will develop, i.e., low hemoglobin level.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Bates jr.
Critical Care 24 years experience
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
A member asked:
Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
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
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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
Pathology 49 years experience
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
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Need a full: Iron panel -- actual iron level and ferritin to say for sure, but with your history iron deficiency will be quite likely.