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