my doctor suspects iron deficieny anemia. however my iron and TIBC level were within normal range, but my iron sat was below normal and ferritin was low with 16. with the iron and TIBC levels being within normal can it still be iron deficient anemia? thank you.
If percent saturation and transferrin is low (but not too low) and you have normal iron and TIBC, then this could mean a recent onset iron deficiency anemia. Usually iron stores become low in a case of prolonged iron deficiency. Also, if the percent saturation is below 20%, then amount of iron carried by transferring is pretty low. If there is a doubt regarding diagnosis, you can ask for a repeat test. Take care!
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