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A 23-year-old male asked:

My doc says 44% iron saturation is considered elevated and wants to test for hemochromatosis. had iron studies due to elevated alt. is 44% bad?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 37 years experience
% iron saturation: The normal range for percent iron saturation will vary from lab to lab. If 44% is elevated in that reading, it's important to check it out, although most people with hemochromatosis have a much higher reading. If your ALT is elevated, be sure to follow up with your doctor until the definitive source is noted. Good luck.
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Dr. Alexandre Furman
Specializes in Pulmonology
Not bad: presuming you are talking about Transferrin saturation- 44% would be considered High Normal; Ferritin levels would be more useful There are multiple reasons to have elevated Transferrin saturation- only one of which is Hemochromatosis. Liver dysfunction is one of the others- which may explain elevated ALT. Discuss with ur doctor. Good Luck
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Last updated Dec 29, 2015


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