Increased in excessive iron intake, haemolytic anamias and haemochromotosis. Decreased in iron deficiency anaemia infections and malignancy. A single iron estimation is of little value, as changes between serum iron and iron stores a re affected by numerous physiological factors such as diurnal rhythm (high a.m), hormonal influence (cyclical changes in women) and recent diet. Ideally a fasting level should be taken.
No mineral supplements on the day of the test.
Postal Samples Acceptable:
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