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What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

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Dr. Andrea Bretal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Ferritin

Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level.
There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate.

In brief: Ferritin

Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level.
There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate.
Dr. Andrea Bretal
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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Serum ferritin

However, ferritin is also an acute phase reactant so it can be falsley elevated in times of inflammation.
So if that is the case, then get a blood test called soluble transferrin receptor. Hope this helps.

In brief: Serum ferritin

However, ferritin is also an acute phase reactant so it can be falsley elevated in times of inflammation.
So if that is the case, then get a blood test called soluble transferrin receptor. Hope this helps.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
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