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No problem. Anemia is sometimes used as a catchall for any type of iron deficiency, when technically it's a decreased number of red blood cells or hemoglobin. Right now you probably have what is referred to as iron deficient erythropoiesis.

[QUOTE]In this stage of iron deficiency, there is a shortage of iron available to the erythroid precursors in the bone marrow for hemoglobin synthesis. The second stage may be characterized by abnormalities in particular iron parameters, including low TSAT levels and elevations in free erythrocyte protoporphyrin. Hemoglobin levels may be reduced but the resulting mild anemia may not be detectable using normal cutoff values for hemoglobin. Iron deficient erythropoiesis may be difficult to detect using traditional laboratory parameters. In iron deficient erythropoiesis, storage iron may be normal or even increased due to impaired release of iron into the circulation.[/QUOTE]

Notice your transferrin saturation is low, ferritin is low, and hematocrit is on the lower end of normal, but anemia is not yet present.


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