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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — iron binding capacity

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Description

Iron binding capacity (IBC) is a laboratory test used to measure the amount of iron that is bound to transferrin in a patient's serum. It is used to help diagnose iron deficiency anemia and other conditions related to iron metabolism.

The test is performed by collecting a sample of the patient's serum and then measuring the amount of iron that is bound to transferrin. This is done by adding a solution of ferric chloride to the serum sample and then measuring the amount of iron that is bound to transferrin. The amount of iron bound to transferrin is then compared to a reference range to determine the patient's IBC.

The test is typically performed in a laboratory setting and requires specialized equipment and trained personnel. The sample is usually collected from a vein in the arm and then sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Synonyms
  • Fe binding capacity
  • IBC
  • TIBC
  • total Fe binding capacity
  • total iron binding capacity
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Iron Binding Capacity
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