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A 66-year-old male asked:

Hemoglobin 13.4, ferritin 10, iron saturation 9.0, iron 40, mch 24.8, mchc 31.4, rdwcv 17.4. how can hemoglobin be normal, and other levels so low?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
It's early: Iron levels drop long before hemoglobin does. I'm glad you're interested in your health. Try to find out where you're losing iron (ulcer? stomach cancer? hookworm? colon cancer? 100s of other possibilities) or whether perhaps your diet is insufficient or you donate a lot of blood. Stay on top of this. Best wishes.
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