Specimen: 3 mL (1.5 mL min.) serum from 1 SST. Avoid hemolysis. Ship refrigerated or frozen. Overnight fasting & sampling before 12 noon is preferred. Avoid iron supplements for minimum 24 hours prior to specimen collection.
Stability (Room): 8 hrs
Stability (Refrigerated): 3 weeks
Stability (Frozen): 4 weeks
Comment: Also see FERRITIN.
Price: Contact Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 10 – 15 days
Usage: Serum iron, TIBC & Percent saturation are widely used for the diagnosis of Iron deficiency. This assay is useful for screening Chronic iron overload diseases particulary Hemochromatosis. Percent saturation is usually normal or increased in Iron deficiency, Pregnancy & intake of oral contraceptives. Low TIBC is seen in Chronic inflammatory conditions, Hemochromatosis & Malignancies. Serum ferritin is a more sensitive & reliable indicator of Iron deficiency.
Disease: Anemia, Nutritional disorders
Components: *Serum Iron *Total Iron Binding Capacity *Transferrin Saturation
Home Collection: Available
Pre-test Information: Overnight fasting & sampling before 12 noon is preferred. Avoid iron supplements for minimum 24 hours prior to specimen collection.