Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Iron,Plasma

Test Name: Iron,Plasma
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Core UH & VH
Specimen Type: 4.5 mL Green top Vacutainer
Pediatric:
0-2 yrs: 0.6 mL Green pk.
2-10 yrs: 3 mL Green top
Collection Information: Collect blood aseptically in a Vacutainer tube.
Requisition: GENERAL LABORATORY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
4 hours
Stat
1 hour
 
Reference Range: 
Male:
8-29 µmol/L
Female:
7-26 µmol/L
Effective Date: 2008-11-15
Revised Date: 2015-10-16
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis.

Assessment of patients with acute iron poisoning. Serum ferritin is the preferred method for assessing iron stores.

The concentration of iron in serum/plasma is dependent on the diet and is subject to circadian variations. Values are higher in A.M.
Increased levels found with liver damage, hemoylytic anemia, pernicous anemia, hemochromatosis and transfusion siderosis.

Decreased levels found in iron deficiency, malabsorption, and after blood loss.

Toxicity possible in children consuming large amounts of vitamins containing iron.
Special Processing:  
Comments: Plasma samples containing RBC hemolysate may have slightly increased iron values.
Method of Analysis: Colorimetric
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment:  
System Codes: 
Cerner
FE
 
Referred To:  

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