Red cell distribution width, mean corpuscular volume, and transferrin saturation in the diagnosis of iron deficiency.

@article{Thompson1988RedCD,
  title={Red cell distribution width, mean corpuscular volume, and transferrin saturation in the diagnosis of iron deficiency.},
  author={Warren G. Thompson and T Meola and Martin Lipkin and Michael L. Freedman},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={1988},
  volume={148 10},
  pages={2128-30}
}
The usefulness of the red cell distribution width, mean corpuscular volume, and the transferrin saturation in diagnosing iron deficiency anemia were evaluated in a retrospective study of 247 anemic hospitalized patients, many of whom had chronic liver disease. A red cell distribution width greater than 15% had a sensitivity of 71% and a specificity of 54% for iron deficiency as diagnosed by a low serum ferritin or bone marrow examination. A mean corpuscular volume less than 80 femtoliters had a… CONTINUE READING

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