U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why does doctor need to test my serum iron, total iron binding capacity and transferrin saturation?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 30 years experience
Iron testing: The three tests you mention, as well as a ferritin level, allow your doctor to determine how much iron you have available in both your blood stream and your body stores. The levels of these tests change in a characteristic fashion in iron deficiency anemia, anemia of chronic disease, and iron overload.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Mar 9, 2013


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.