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This article is from the Interpretation Of Lab Test Profiles, by Ed Uthman uthman@neosoft.com with numerous contributions by others.

16 IRON

Serum iron may be increased in hemolytic, megaloblastic, and
aplastic anemias, and in hemochromatosis, acute leukemia, lead
poisoning, pyridoxine deficiency, thalassemia, excessive iron
therapy, and after repeated transfusions. Drugs causing
increased serum iron include chloramphenicol, cisplatin,
estrogens (including oral contraceptives), ethanol, iron
dextran, and methotrexate.

Iron can be decreased in iron-deficiency anemia, acute and
chronic infections, carcinoma, nephrotic syndrome,
hypothyroidism, in protein- calorie malnutrition, and after
surgery.

 

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