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Hemochromatosis

Normal Iron Low Hemoglobin

11/19/2010

Question:

for over a year I have been treated with many different types of iron ,the last being iron injections but my hemoglobin only goes up to around 74 my iron is normal yet there saying I have low iron anemai.I dont understand if my iron is normal and my hemoglobin is low how could I have iron defficiancy anemia.Is this possible?

Answer:

There are multiple causes of anemia.  Iron deficiency is just one of them.  Tests that will help make that differentiation are a ferritin level, a CRP, an iron level, and iron saturation.

If you can provide us with these numbers, we can begin to make some comments.

Related Resources:

Tests to Determine Iron Levels
C-Reactive Protein
Serum Ferritin Level
Serum Iron
TIBC & UIBC, Transferrin

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Response by:

Mark   Wurster, MD Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University