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A 37-year-old male asked:

See results for some blood test that i had last week. would you suggest an iron transfusion or to take iron tablets orally? test result reference s-iron 1.3 umol/l s-transferrin 48.2 umol/l s-% saturation 1.3 % l s-ferritin 2 ng/ml haemoglobin 8

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Find cause: You are iron deficient, but why? The explanation may be anything from misguided vegetarianism to heavy periods to a bleeding stomach ulcer to hookworm to cancer. We don't treat lab tests, we treat people. Your own preferences will govern how the iron is replaced based on what you tolerate best.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
If oral iron tablets do not upset your stomach or intestines, this is the easy route. If they do, the parenteral iron is the easy and convenient route. It is your choice.
Nov 21, 2017

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