A 63-year-old female asked:
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recent lab work shows the following: iron 57 dl, total iron binding capacity 363 dl, iron total binding capacity 16% and ferritin 184.2ml. pls explain?

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Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Iron panel: Iron panel sometimes is confusing, your panel number is one of them. Let me ask you why your iron panel was checked? If your lab originally showed anemia and this are supplementary test to see what is the reason for your anemia, i would say that you have very mild iron deficiency. At your age anemia should be aggressively worked up to find the reason. Please follow with your doctor.
Answered on Nov 6, 2012
Dr. Julio Hajdenberg
30 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Iron maybe needed: These laboratory results maybe consistent with iron deficiency. This deficiency maybe corrected with either oral or injectable iron preparations. However, it is even more important to figure out where the iron loss occured. The most common place with be the digestive system. Upper and lower endoscopies are commonly done for this type of investigation.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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