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Anemia #1 Baseline Blood Test Panel

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Includes Iron w/TIBC, Ferritin and Transferrin.

Test #858

$89.00

Availability: In stock

Preparation Fasting for 10-12 hours required. Stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection.
Test Results 3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

The Iron and Total Iron-binding Capacity test is used for testing differential diagnosis of anemia, evaluation of thalassemia and possible sideroblastic anemia, and the evaluation of iron poisoning. Specimen collection must be done before patient is given therapeutic iron or blood transfusion. Iron determinations on patients who have had blood transfusions should be delayed at least four days.

Ferritin is a protein in the body that binds to iron, most iron stored in the body is bound to ferritin. It is found in the liver, skeletal muscles, spleen, and bone marrow. There is only a small amount of ferritin that is found in the blood, and the amount of ferritin in the blood shows how much iron is stored in your body.

Transferrin tests the plasma protein that binds to iron and then transports it through the circulation. TIBC measures the total amount of iron that the transferrin can bind. The two tests are different and are reported in different units (g/L for transferrin and umol/L for TIBC), they essentially measure the same thing. Transferrin blood levels are used to evaluate iron deficiency and anemia. High transferrin levels are found in pregnancy, iron deficiency, and in those taking birth control pills. It is low in cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, chronic inflammation, hereditary transferrin deficiency, or when there are excessive amounts of iron in the body.

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