Iron deficiency and pseudo-iron deficiency in hospitalized horses.

  title={Iron deficiency and pseudo-iron deficiency in hospitalized horses.},
  author={Joseph W. Smith and J E Cipriano and Richard M Debowes and Katy Moore},
  journal={Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association},
  volume={188 3},
Values for serum ferritin, serum iron, and serum total-iron binding capacity were determined in 100 hospitalized horses. Six foals had iron deficiency, as indicated by low serum ferritin and iron concentrations. Twenty-eight horses had low serum iron content and normal or high serum ferritin content and were considered to have pseudo-iron deficiency, possibly in response to infection. Ten horses had serum ferritin concentrations that were quite high, probably indicating iron overload.