Which tests are performed in the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia?

Updated: Sep 07, 2019
  • Author: James L Harper, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Useful tests include the following:

  • Complete blood count

  • Peripheral blood smear

  • Serum iron, total iron-binding capacity (TIBC), and serum ferritin

  • Evaluation for hemosiderinuria, hemoglobinuria, and pulmonary hemosiderosis

  • Hemoglobin electrophoresis and measurement of hemoglobin A2 and fetal hemoglobin

  • Reticulocyte hemoglobin content

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