A 45-year-old male asked:
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iron serum high (180) yet ferritin levels low (113). suffering symptoms akin to haemochromatosis. can treatment (phlebotomy) be justified?

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Dr. Haluk Tezcan
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Not necessarily: Serum iron levels are not a good test to make treatment decisions as it is very variable and do not reflect inappropriate iron deposition. Ferritin level is the standard. If there is a concern for hemachromatosis genetic test is available. If indicated, liver biopsy with iron studies can be considered.
Answered on Oct 14, 2015
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