A 38-year-old male asked:
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cbc shows hgb 13.8,hct 41.7% other values normal.iron 61,tibc 356,iron sat 17%,ferritin 113.is it iron deficiency anemia or anemia of chronic disease?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Anemia: Iron deficiency anemia has the following lab values: low hemoglobin and hematocrit, low MCV, low ferritin, low serum iron, high TIBC and low iron saturation. Anemia of chronic disease has microcytic or normocytic anemia with low reticulocyte count. Values for tranferrin ar low , ferritin normal or elevated. TIBC 250-460 mcg/dL, Iron 60 to 160 mcg/dL, Ferritin 12ng/ml to 1000ng/ml.
Answered on Aug 17, 2019
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
May be neither: If you are a woman, you are not anemic.
Answered on Aug 17, 2019

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