• Test Code - PL0587
  • Test Name - Iron Tests
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  • Iron Tests are done to evaluate your body's current level of iron.

  • Iron Tests are performed when your doctor suspects that you may have too little or too much iron in your system.

  • A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm for an Iron Test.

  • Your doctor may request that you fast for 12 hours prior to some iron tests in this case, only water is permitted.

  • The mildest stage of iron deficiency is the slow depletion of iron stores. This means the amount of iron present is functioning properly but is being used up without adequate replacement. The serum iron level may be normal in this stage, but the ferritin level will be low.

  • When the iron level is high, the TIBC and ferritin are normal. If the person has a clinical history consistent with iron overdose, then it is likely that he has iron poisoning.

  • Normal iron levels are maintained by a balance between the amount of iron taken into the body and the amount of iron lost. Normally, a small amount of iron is lost each day, so if too little iron is taken in, a deficiency will eventually develop.


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