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Monday, December 9, 2013
What level is considered high iron for women?
My blood work results says my Iron, Serum is 164 ug/dl with reference range of 35-155 ug/dl. I am a 49 yr, old white female, 5`7" AT 130 lbs avg. weight. I am very active, and have no symptoms. Is this something I should worry about or have further testing done?
The serum level of 164 ug/dl does appear slightly high. I would usually recommend in this situation to repeat a serum iron with a total iron binding capacity and maturation index. Along with these tests, I would also obtain a ferritin level. With all of these tests in combination, one can get a better idea of whether or not an iron overload state is indeed present.
If such is the case, further work-up with an expert in hemochromatosis would be appropriate to consider genetic testing or other possible causes for iron overload.
Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University