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Low serum iron, normal ferritin, red blood cells and hemocrit. Will 14mg iron a day raise my serum iron? It was only a little low.

Low serum iron, normal ferritin, red blood cells and hemocrit. Will 14mg iron a day raise my serum iron? It was only a little low.

Probably not: 14 mg is a very low dose because iron supplements tend to be poorly absorbed. It depends on which form of iron you use but authorities recommend 50-100 mg of elemental iron 3x/day to correct deficiencies. The best absorbed form is iron bis-glycinate but even for that form I advise 25 mg a day. Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Ferritin (Definition)

Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...Read more


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What does a bit low serum iron and low transferrin mean in ferritin is normal?

What does a bit low serum iron and low transferrin mean in ferritin is normal?

Eat a healthy diet: What is your hemoglobin level? If hemoglobin is normal and ferritin is normal, there may not be anything to worry about. Eat a healthy diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils, and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise 30 minute/day for about 5 days/wk. Read more

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Iron panel- UIBC: 109 (low), Iron serum: 170 (high), Iron saturation: 61% (high), TIBC: normal, Ferritin: 40 (normal). What can cause this?

May be normal: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, there does not seem to be anything extraordinary in your lab results. Generally it is a good idea to treat the person and not the lab results. Read more

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Used to chronic blood loss. I fixed that. Ferritin was low, took iron pills. Now ferritin normal. But serum iron is high. Stopped pills. Implication?

Used to chronic blood loss. I fixed that. Ferritin was low, took iron pills. Now ferritin normal. But serum iron is high. Stopped pills. Implication?

Manage it: I'm really glad you found the cause of your chronic bleeding. The serum iron isn't anything to worry about while you're taking oral iron. Each pill causes a spike in the value. Keep following this, and I"m glad you're better. Best wishes. Read more

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Hgb 14.3, low MCV 68.7, MCH 20.9, mchc 30.4, normal total iron 149, serum ferritin 133, tibc 351, transferrin 42% what does this result mean? Plz help

Hgb 14.3, low MCV 68.7, MCH 20.9, mchc 30.4, normal total iron 149, serum ferritin 133, tibc 351, transferrin 42% what does this result mean? Plz help

Blood count result: Basically everything you mention is normal except the MCV of 68.7. Mcv is a measure of the size of your red cells, and 68.7 means they are smaller than normal. Low iron is a common reason, but your iron results are normal. Follow-up with your doctor to discuss, but one thing to consider would be to get tested for a possible haemoglobin defect such as thalassemia. Read more

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Ferritin, hematocrit, hglobin normal. Hematocrit 44. Will iron increase it? Serum iron low. Rbc count normal and above.

Ferritin, hematocrit, hglobin normal. Hematocrit 44. Will iron increase it? Serum iron low. Rbc count normal and above.

Why do you ask?: This is almost certainly the right hematocrit for your body. No "pop" remedy is going to increase it; if you are seeking to raise it artificially for an athletic competition, you'll have to ask elsewhere. Loading up on iron is likely to make you sick, both acutely (upset stomach) and long-term (iron-overload still kills plenty of men). Read more

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Ferritin, rbc, haematocrit, globin all normal but low serum iron, gp gave me ferrous fumarate, but im not anaemic?

More info needed!: Low iron level by itself does not always indicate iron deficiency. To interpret the results, we interpret it in conjunction with ferritin, TIBC and iron saturation. Low iron level can some times be seen if you have an inflammatory / infectious condition at the time of blood draw. It is very unusual to have iron deficiency in a young man as it is usually seen in young females due to menstruation. Read more

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High iron serum-167, low ferritin-113.Cbc&cmp normal. Symptoms:fatigue and mild anxiety. Are symptoms of iron overload possible with low iron 'storage'?

Iron: Not sure what your reference values for labs are but the ferritin does not look low. See if you can get an iron percent saturation that will be useful. If it is above 55%, you should look for iron storage diseases like hemochromatosis. Read more

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How is it that my serum iron is higher than normal but ferritin is lower than normal???

Anemia: Do you gave anemia (especially the hemolytic type) or liver disease? These are some of the most common explanations. Hope that helps. Read more

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How is it possible my serum iron can be elevated and my ferritin be low at the same time?

Fluctuations: Serum iron is sensitive to diet, supplements, injury and a host of day-to-day variables. Low serum ferritin is usually a more reliable indicator of available stores, and if mine were quite low, i'd be looking for why I might be losing iron / bleeding rather than have the serum iron think i'd been misled. Read more

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High serum Fe 208, high sat 68, high/norm Hg, HC & low/norm ferritin 46, d/c FeGlucconate (27mg elm)x12days ago. Am I not storing the iron?

Big picture: High iron / iron sat is meaningless as a measure of storage iron if you're taking ferrous gluconate. Why were you on it in the first place? If it's to correct heavy monthly iron loss, ask your physician whether to continue it prophylactically so you don't get a recurrence. Read more

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My Serum Ferritin is: 7, 7umol/L (ref:9-26) & TIBC is 10 umol/L (43-86). Should the TIBC not be high as I have low iron? What could cause it to be low?

My Serum Ferritin is: 7, 7umol/L (ref:9-26) & TIBC is 10 umol/L (43-86). Should the TIBC not be high as I have low iron? What could cause it to be low?

Agreed: Based on a low Ferritin and Iron I too would expect a high TIBC. However, tests are not always in agreement with logic. On face value it would appear you are iron deficient, however I do not know you blood counts and several other labs. Please return to your physician to discuss, as this will help you better understand what is going on. Good luck!! Read more

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What is the difference between iron & ferritin? Does RBC production need iron or ferritin? Can you very very low serum iron and ferritin of 3000?

Yes: The latter suggest either a lab error, one of the obscure inborn errors of iron metabolism, or recent GI bleeding in a person with hemochromatosis. The diagnosis will need to be made by a specialist. Read more

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Can lower than normal serum iron cause symptoms even if iron stores / ferritin is normal? Non-anemic.

Can lower than normal serum iron cause symptoms even if iron stores / ferritin is normal? Non-anemic.

If the total red: Blood cell count, hemoglobin, hematocrit are normal, a low iron count with normal ferritin should not cause any major problem. Get reassurance from your pcp or hematologist. Take care! Read more

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My serum iron was elevated at 241, however my ferritin, TIBC, and transferrin count were in the normal reference ranges. Is this hemochromatosis?

My serum iron was elevated at 241, however my ferritin, TIBC, and transferrin count were in the normal reference ranges. Is this hemochromatosis?

Donate blood: What you described is not necessarily hemochromatosis. There is a genetic for it that you may wish to get in consultation with your doctor. If you are otherwise healthy consider donating blood, it will reduce your iron and you will do a good deed. See this site for more info. Https://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003488.htm Read more

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Bw came &dr refer to hemo for infusions said tcib 345 uibc 330 iron serum 15, saturation 4 & ferritin was 7. Hemoglobin 10.1. Is this low Y infusion?

It depends/clarify,,: Your tibc and uibc are in range while your iron and ferritin are not. Depending on your reference ranges for the lab, they should be 50-170 ug/dL or 9.0-30.4 umol/L for iron in females and 15-150 ug/dL for ferritin in females. The hemoglobin is also somewhat low though not much. These would point to a deficiency of iron in the blood. More tests are needed to see if this is iron anemia. Read more

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My CBC shows low hemglobin of 10.5, mch, MCV and mchc low and RDW high iron and tibc shows iron serum low 14 and iron saturation 5 alert and ferritin se?

My CBC shows low hemglobin of 10.5, mch, MCV and mchc low and RDW high iron and tibc shows iron serum low 14 and iron saturation 5 alert and ferritin se?

Iron def anemia: You have iron deficiency anemia-from your blood work provided. You need iron supplement-but most importantly to find out why you have iron deficiency anemia. Bleeding/blood loss-, malabsorption of iron in the stomach, or poor nutrition status/not enough intake of iron from the food could be the cause. Go to see your pmd and have more eval. If needed, referral to a hematologist can be done by pmd. Read more

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What should I do if my ferritin and iron serum and folate (folic acid) are all low?

What should I do if my ferritin and iron serum and folate (folic acid) are all low?

Iron and folate (folic acid) defi: You have deficiency of both iron and folic acid. Need to see whether you have nutritional issues, like food fads. Iron and Folic Acid are rich in green leafy vegetables, if you avoid them start taking them. Worth to get a nutrition consult a through your pcp. Take iron and Folic Acid supplemets with otc medications/pcp recomm. Do search for proper food choices, rich in iron and folate n internet. Read more

Serum (Definition)

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