Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Transferrin Saturation

Test Name: Transferrin Saturation
Alternate Name(s): UIBC
Iron Overload Screen
Laboratory: Core (all campuses)
Specimen Type: 4.5 mL Light Green (Li Heparin) Vacutainer tube
Collection Information:  
Requisition: GENERAL LABORATORY REQUISITION
Test Schedule:  
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
7 days
Stat
 
 
Reference Range: 11.0-56.0%
Effective Date:  
Revised Date: 2011-04-18
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Useful in the investigation of suspected iron deficiency or iron overload. Serum ferritin is the preferred method for assessing iron stores.

Assessment of patients with acute iron poisoning.

In cases of iron deficiency, the transferrin saturation is lowered; with iron overload, it is increased.
Special Processing:  
Comments: The test is not valid and may be misleading in patients receiving iron therapy.
Method of Analysis:  
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment:  
System Codes: 
Cerner
IO
 
Referred To:  

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