Serum Transferrin

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Overview Brief

Serum Transferrin is a protein present in the blood which transports iron in the body [1].

What is Serum Transferrin Test?

Serum transferrin is produced by the liver when the amount of iron in the blood is very low. The transferrin protein attaches to the iron in the blood. Transferrin helps to easily transport the iron. Serum transferrin test determines the amount of transferrin and hence the amount of iron in the blood.

Why is Serum Transferrin Test Suggested?

A doctor suggests serum transferrin test due to the following reasons.

  • To determine the iron content in the blood.
  • To diagnose anaemia.
  • If a person exhibits pale skin, dizziness, and headache.

How is Serum Electrolyte Test Performed?

The following steps are used to perform serum electrolyte test.

  • A lab assistant withdraws blood from the patient.
  • The blood sample is tested in the lab to obtain the results.
  • The doctor analyses the results.

A transferrin level of 20% to 50% indicates a normal level [2].

What are the Parameters Measured in Serum Transferrin Test?

The serum transferrin test measures the amount of transferrin and iron in the blood.

Preparation before Performing Serum Transferrin Test

Some prior preparation involved with serum transferrin test are:

  • Fasting before 12 hours of the test.
  • Do not take medicines before the test that may interfere with the results.

Post care after Serum Transferrin Test

The steps necessary after the serum transferrin test are:

  • The doctor gives healthcare advice as per the results obtained.
  • Carefully follow the instructions of the doctor.

Sample Types in Serum Transferrin Test

The sample for serum transferrin test is

  • Blood

Side Effects/Risks of Serum Transferrin Test

The side effects and risks associated with serum transferrin test are not much serious.

  • Bruising due to the needle.
  • Blood clotting under the skin.

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