Iron, Serum

Code

3485

Principle

Iron exists in biological fluids as a component of hemoglobin and myoglobin and is bound in serum and plasma to transferrin, which acts as a carrier protein. Increased iron concentrations are seen in hemolytic anemias, hemochromatosis, and acute liver disease. Decreased iron concentrations are seen in iron deficiency and anemia of chronic disease. Major causes of iron deficiency include gastrointestinal and menstrual bleeding.

Preanalytical

1 mL Serum Refrigerated

Turn Around Time

1 day

Methodology

Ferene