HASHIM HILAL, M.D.; PAUL R. MCCURDY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Measurement of the serum iron and the unsaturated iron binding capacity is a valuable adjunct in the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia (1). A low percent saturation of serum transferrin is the best simple indicator of iron deficiency and helps to differentiate it from other conditions where the serum iron concentration may be low (2). Nevertheless, there are circumstances when the serum iron and the percent saturation of transferrin may be sharply reduced without true iron deficiency. For example, patients with inflammatory disease may have a low percent saturation of transferrin and hypochromic peripheral red cells and a reduced number
HILAL H, MCCURDY PR. A Pitfall in the Interpretation of Serum Iron Values. Ann Intern Med. ;66:983–988. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-983
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):983-988.
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