Serum refers to the remnant liquid which remains after the red blood cells and clotting factors are separated from the blood. The Iron Serum test examines the level of iron in the patient’s serum.
What is the Iron Serum test?
The Iron Serum test helps in determining abnormal levels of the iron in the serum of the patient.
Why is the Iron Serum test suggested?
The Iron Serum test is suggested in the following cases:
- When another test shows abnormal levels of iron.
- When the iron level is suspected to be too high or too low and has to be ascertained.
How is the Iron Serum test performed?
Iron Serum is performed as follows:
- The patient’s elbow pit is pricked with a sterilized needle.
- The sample is collected from the arm in a tube.
- The blood sample is segregated into serum and red blood cells.
The serum sample is then assessed for the serum iron level.
What are the parameters measured in the Iron Serum test?
The parameters measured in the Iron Serum test are
- Complete blood count.
Preparation before performing the Iron Serum test
Preparation before the Iron Serum test includes
- Fasting for about 12 hours.
- The patient should wear loose clothes to facilitate sample collection.
Post-care after Iron Serum
Post-care for Iron Serum includes
- An iron-rich diet in case of iron-deficiency in the body.
- A correction in the diet may be required in case there is too much iron in the body.
Sample types in Iron Serum
A blood sample or serum sample is required in the Iron Serum test.
Side effects/risks of Iron Serum
Side effects of Iron Serum are as follows:
- Pain might arise as a result of the needle prick.
- Excessive bleeding may occur in some cases.