Evaluation of bone marrow iron stores in anemia associated with chronic disease: a comparative study of serum and red cell ferritin.

@article{Balaban1993EvaluationOB,
  title={Evaluation of bone marrow iron stores in anemia associated with chronic disease: a comparative study of serum and red cell ferritin.},
  author={Edward Balaban and Richard G. Sheehan and Saba E. Demian and John V. Cox and Eugene P. Frenkel},
  journal={American journal of hematology},
  year={1993},
  volume={42 2},
  pages={
          177-81
        }
}
The serum ferritin (SERFER) may be elevated and misleading in the setting of chronic disease (chronic inflammation, liver disease, and neoplasm). The red cell ferritin (RBCFER) may be more stable in clinical situations that affect the SERFER. We compared the ability of SERFER and RBCFER to assess iron stores in these settings. Iron stores were defined by bone marrow aspirate staining. We studied 120 anemic (Hb < 14 g/dl) male patients. Twenty-eight (23%) were iron deficient based on the absence… CONTINUE READING
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