Which iron study findings suggest iron deficiency anemia?

Updated: Sep 07, 2019
  • Author: James L Harper, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Answer

Results of iron studies are as follows:

  • Low serum iron and ferritin levels with an elevated TIBC are diagnostic of iron deficiency

  • A normal serum ferritin can be seen in patients who are deficient in iron and have coexistent diseases (eg, hepatitis or anemia of chronic disorders)

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