Iron, Serum

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Reference Range

Iron is an essential trace element which plays a key role in hemoglobin, myoglobin and various respiratory enzyme systems. VERY HIGH levels are found in hemochromatosis, both primary (due to excess intestinal absorption) and secondary to over-consumption (alcoholism, repeated blood transfusions, etc.). LOW iron levels are due to insufficient intake, poor absorption, increased requirement (e.g. during pregnancy) or heavy losses (bleeding).

Special Requirements

1.Early morning sample is preferred 2.Fasting for at least 8 hours Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature 3. Iron containing supplements should be avoided for at least 24 hours. 4. Avoid haemolysed samples. For alternative sample type, call the chemistry department.

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