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A 47-year-old female asked:

Help understanding what treatment is needed for the following test results:iron, total 166 normal, iron binding capacity, 231, low %saturation 72, high ferritin, 22, normal transferrin, 173, low?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Lab data: There is no way to interpret these numbers without a full clinical history. With a normal serum iron and total iron binding capacity unless you are anemic and the rbcs are microcytic there is probably nothing necessary.
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 24 years experience
No treatment: More information is needed. For example, are you anemic? If you are not anemic, a normal iron, and normal transferrin without an elevated TIBC does not indicate iron deficiency. If you are anemic, then these tests need to be repeated to look for other causes of your anemia.

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