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A 37-year-old female asked:

If i have a low iron count, what tests should be done to figure out the cause? dietary intake should have been sufficient (lots of meat and greens)

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Whoa: I'm going to assume that someone is not using the term "iron count" as a synonym for hemoglobin / hematocrit, but that you have an actual low measured serum iron and high iron binding capacity. If not, other causes of anemia must be sought. If you do, check for GI blood loss unless your monthly loss is very heavy. Contrary to "pop" disinformation, greens aren't a source of iron. Glad UR proactive.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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Thanks for the follow-up and for your kind words. A proactive, eager-to-learn approach like yours is the best possible asset for both physician and patient. Best wishes.
Apr 28, 2017

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