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Iron and Total Iron-binding Capacity Blood Test

TIBC, transferrin saturation, Unsaturated Iron-binding Capacity (UIBC)


Test Code: 001321
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Iron and Total Iron-binding Capacity Blood Test

This test provides several measurements related to a person's iron levels.  Iron is a nutrient which is essential to a number of bodily processes including the production of red blood cells.  Iron is absorbed from the food a person eats and transported through the body by Transferrin, a protein produced by the liver.  Iron testing can be useful for helping to determine if a person is suffering from iron deficiency or overload. 

This test includes the following measurements:

  • Iron, Serum: A measure of iron in the blood:
  • Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC): Measures proteins in the blood, including transferrin, which are available to bind with iron.
  • UIBC: Measures the reserve portion of transferrin which has not yet been saturated with iron.
  • Iron Saturation: A calculation of the percent of transferrin which is saturated with iron.

This test is usually ordered when a person has had abnormal results from a CBC, especially if the Hematocrit and Hemoglobin are out of range.  It may also be ordered when a person is experiencing symptoms of iron deficiency or overload.  The Iron and TIBC test provides more information than a standard Iron Blood Test.

Turnaround time for the Iron and TIBC test is typically 1 business day.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

The sample should be drawn in the morning after at least 8 hours of fasting.

Iron and Total Iron-binding Capacity testing should occur prior to given therapeutic iron or blood transfusion. The collection should occur a minimum of 4 days after blood transfusion.

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Iron and Total Iron-binding Capacity Blood Test

TIBC, transferrin saturation


Test Code: 7573
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Iron and Total Iron-binding Capacity Blood Test

This test provides several measurements related to a person's iron levels.  Iron is a nutrient which is essential to a number of bodily processes including the production of red blood cells.  Iron is absorbed from the food a person eats and transported through the body by Transferrin, a protein produced by the liver.  Iron testing can be useful for helping to determine if a person is suffering from iron deficiency or overload. 

This test includes the following measurements:

  • Total Iron: A measure of iron in the blood:
  • Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC): Measures proteins in the blood, including transferrin, which are available to bind with iron.
  • % Saturation: A calculation of the percent of transferrin which is saturated with iron.

This test is usually ordered when a person has had abnormal results from a CBC, especially if the Hematocrit and Hemoglobin are out of range.  It may also be ordered when a person is experiencing symptoms of iron deficiency or overload.  The Iron and TIBC test provides more information than a standard Iron Blood Test.

Turnaround time for the Iron and TIBC test is typically 1 business day.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Due to a shortage of a reagent used in the Iron Binding Capacity component of this test, some results may show "Test Not Performed" for the TIBC.

The sample should be drawn in the morning after at least 8 hours of fasting.

Iron and Total Iron-binding Capacity testing should occur prior to given therapeutic iron or blood transfusion. The collection should occur a minimum of 4 days after blood transfusion.

 

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