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what is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

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Dr. Andrea Bretal
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Serum ferritin: However, ferritin is also an acute phase reactant so it can be falsley elevated in times of inflammation. So if that is the case, then get a blood test called soluble transferrin receptor. Hope this helps.

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