Investigating iron status in microcytic anaemia: Zincprotoporphyrin and soluble transferrin receptor have a role

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7575.972-b (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:972
  1. Anastasios Koulaouzidis, specialist registrar in gastroenterology (akoulaouzidis@hotmail.com),
  2. Shivaram Bhat, specialist registrar in gastroenterology
  1. Warrington Hospital, Warrington WA5 1QG
  2. Warrington Hospital, Warrington WA5 1QG

    EDITOR—More “sophisticated” tests can be included in Galloway and Smellie's proposed guidelines on iron status in microcytic anaemia.1 Ferritin seems a weak compromise compared with the yield from diagnostic algorithms using soluble transferrin receptors or zincprotoporphyrin.23

    High zincprotoporphyrin concentrations detect not only …

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