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Iron (blood)

Category Biochemistry
Test background

Iron is a component of haemoglobin. Low iron levels reflect states of anaemia whereas iron overload may be seen in those undergoing repeated blood transfusions, iron supplementation overdose or as a result of hereditary haemochromatosis.

Clinical Indications

Suspected hereditary haemochromatosis (TRF saturation) Suspected iron-deficient anaemia (ferritin is preferred) Suspected poisoning with iron-containing compounds

Reference range


Adult male 12-31 μmol/L
Adult female 9-30 μmol/L
Less than 1 year 9-29 μmol/L
1-10 years 9-22 μmol/L


Sample & container required SST (gold top)
Sample volume 0.5 mL
Turnaround time 1 day