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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 35 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.
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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