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Iron-Binding Capacity (Total), Transferrin, and Iron Saturation

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TIBC, Fe Sat.

Common Use:
To monitor iron replacement therapy and assess blood iron levels to assist in diagnosing types of anemia such as iron deficiency.

Serum collected in a gold-, red-, or red/gray-top tube.

Normal Findings:
(Method: Spectrophotometry for TIBC and nephelometry for transferrin)

TestConventional UnitsSI Units
(Conventional Units × 0.179)
TIBC250–450 mcg/dL45–81 micromol/L
(Conventional Units × 0.01)
Transferrin215–380 mg/dL2.15–3.8 g/L
Iron saturation
TIBC = total iron-binding capacity.

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