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Hemochromatosis

High iron level

03/26/2007

Question:

Hi, I am concerned about my blood tests which I received last week,but, I don`t have any symptoms. The results are: UIBC 96(ug/dl) Iron serum 233(ug/dl) Iron saturation 62(ug/dl) Gamma glutamyltransferase 128(u/l) Can you advise me something?

Answer:

Although it is somewhat confusing as to which numbers and which units go together, it appears that the iron saturation of 62% - if that is correct - would be somewhat elevated.

In this situation, the appropriate follow up would include genetic testing to confirm or deny presence of traits associated with hemochromatosis.  A physician such as a gastroenterologist or hematologist, or an organized program for hemochromatosis, would perhaps be the best option for further evaluation of this problem because they have the most experience in interpretation to follow up on laboratory results.

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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