Iron (Fe) - urine


Reference interval < 0.5 umol/L or < 2.0 umol/24 hours

Increased iron excretion will be observed in subjects with iron overload, as compared to subjects with normal iron status, after desferrioxamine (DFO, Desferral) injection

Reference interval after DFO chelation: < 18.0 umol/L suggests normal iron status, > 40.0 umol/L suggests excess iron storage


1. Lundvall O, Weinfeld A. Determination of iron in urine with special reference to the desferrioxamine test. J Clin Pathol 1967;20:611-615
2. Lundvall O. The effect of replenishment of iron stores after phlebotomy in porphyria cutanea tarda. Acta Med Scand 1971;189:51-63
3. Olsson KS, Heedman PA, Staugard F. Preclinical hemochromatosis in a population on a high iron-fortified diet. JAMA 1978;239:1999-2000

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