Imperial Collage Healthcare

Transferrin


Test Background
Transferrin is the main plasma iron transport protein. It is also a negative acute phase reactant.


Clinical Indications

  • Suspected hereditary haemochromatosis (transferrin saturation)
  • Suspected iron-deficient anaemia (Ferritin is preferred)
  • Suspected poisoning with iron-containing compounds
  • Limited utility to gauge iron status in inflammation – transferrin saturation which relies on transferrin (a negative acute phase reactant) is no more reliable than ferritin (a positive acute phase reactant) when assessing suspected iron-deficient anaemia


Reference Range

1.7-3.4 g/L


Sample Required
SST (gold top)


Sample Volume
0.5 mL


Turnaround Time
1 day


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