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All of these test measure the amount of iron that you have in your body with ferritin being the more telling figure of the iron stores in containment. Have you had a CBC and if so, what are your Hct and Hgb and MCV numbers? Iron is needed to make hgb. Your total body iron levels are low as indicated in your ferritin. Anemia is the last stage of the ferritin stores. You can have low stores without anemia.

Serum iron--this test measures the amount of iron in the blood.

Ferritin-- is a protein that helps ~store iron~ in the body in bone marrow nd organs. This tells how much iron has been used up. Your ferritin should be at least 50-70-100.

Transferrin level OR total iron-binding capacity (TIBC)--tells how much transferrin is in the blood that is NOT carrying iron. People with iron deficiency anemia have a high level of transferrin that has NO iron. Looks like an iron deficiency to me. Hope this helps you.





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