Distinguishing between iron deficiency anaemia and anaemia of chronic disease

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Distinguishing between iron deficiency anaemia and anaemia of chronic disease

By Geoff Smith
Other tests, such as chest x-rays to detect infection, add certainty to the diagnosis
Other tests, such as chest x-rays to detect infection, add certainty to the diagnosis [Image: Franquet T and Chung JH. CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons]

Measurement of iron markers and haemoglobin are some of the most commonly requested tests. This article aims to help you interpret the results

Geoff Smith

Key points, Elevated transferrin saturation is a more sensitive and specific marker of iron overload than ferritin; primary liver disease and inflammatory disease, Pract Green w Pale Yellow