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Iron deficiency? female ~ rdw high 19.3, mcv 82, rbc 4.81, hemoglobin 12.9, hematocrit 39.2, ferritin 13, tibc 326, uibc 221, iron sat 32%, iron serum 105. should i supplement? thank you!

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Dr. Varadarajan Subbiah answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

You have low ferritin levels while the other labs are essentially normal. A low ferritin level maybe the earliest sign of low iron levels. It may fall before iron levels do. Other causes of low ferritin include hypothyroid levels. You should follow with your primary care doctor to make sure these other tests are normal. A course of iron therapy maybe indicated.

Answered Oct 4, 2016



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Dr. Aasim Sehbai answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

Take iron tablet once a day and vit c 500 mg along with it.

Answered Jan 16, 2013



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