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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — iron

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The clinical test for iron acquired from a patient's serum is called a serum iron test. This test measures the amount of iron in the patient's blood. The test is usually done as part of a complete blood count (CBC) or as part of a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP). To obtain the sample, a healthcare provider will draw a small amount of blood from the patient's arm using a needle and syringe. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The results of the test will indicate the amount of iron in the patient's blood. High levels of iron can indicate anemia, while low levels can indicate iron deficiency.

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