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 Iron Deficiency Profile is a test which infers the level of iron and transferrin in the blood.

What is Iron Deficiency Profile?

  • Iron plays an important role in the overall growth of the body and the lack of it causes anemia. The Iron Deficiency Profile tests the capacity of cells to bind iron.
  • The Iron Deficiency Profile detects the type of anemia the patient suffers from. It also examines if there is an excess of iron in the blood.

Why is Iron Deficiency Profile suggested?

Iron Deficiency Profile is suggested in the following cases:

  • The test is performed if anemia is suspected.
  • It can be done when the doctor suspects iron poisoning in the blood.
  • It is also performed to detect the type and severity of anemia.

How is Iron Deficiency Profile performed?

Iron Deficiency Profile is performed as follows:

  • An elastic band is tied fast to the arm of the patient just above the elbow.
  • The elbow pit of the patient is cleaned with an antiseptic solution.
  • Once the vein wells up with blood, a needle is used to collect the blood sample in a collector tube.

The blood sample is tested under a microscope.

What are the parameters measured in Iron Deficiency Profile?

The parameters measured in Iron Deficiency Profile are as follows:

  • Serum Iron.
  • Ferritin
  • Transferrin saturation levels.

Preparation before performing Iron Deficiency Profile

Preparation for Iron Deficiency Profile is as follows:

  • The patient may be advised to fast for a duration of about 8 to 14 hours before the test.
  • The patient is expected to come dressed in loose clothes for the test for easier sample collection.

Post-care after Iron Deficiency Profile

The patient should discuss the results of the test with the doctor to improve iron-levels in the blood.

Sample types in Iron Deficiency Profile

A blood sample is collected in a collector tube.

Side effects/risks of Iron Deficiency Profile

There are no side effects of Iron Deficiency Profile other than the minor discomfort caused due to pricking.

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