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Iron (blood)


Lab Code : FE


Test Background
Iron is a component of haemoglobin. Low iron levels reflect states of anaemia whereas iron overload may be seen in those undergoing repeated blood transfusions, iron supplementation overdose or as a result of hereditary haemochromatosis.


Clinical Indications
Suspected hereditary haemochromatosis (TRF saturation) Suspected iron-deficient anaemia (ferritin is preferred) Suspected poisoning with iron-containing compounds


Reference Range
Adult male: 12-31 μmol/L Adult female: 9-30 μmol/L Less than 1 year: 9-29 μmol/L 1-10 years: 9-22 μmol/L


Sample Required
SST (gold top)


Sample Volume
0.5 mL


Turnaround Time
1 day


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