The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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Review clinical findings, Full blood count, Blood film; see Anaemia - hypochromic, microcytic.
Iron deficiency can be present before the development of anaemia; Red cell count and Blood film are more sensitive indicators than Hb.
Ferritin provides the most sensitive measure of iron stores; low Ferritin is diagnostic of Iron deficiency, however normal levels may occur when iron deficiency is associated with inflammation or neoplasia.
A more specific test for iron deficiency is the ratio of plasma Soluble transferrin receptor to serum Ferritin.
See Table 3.
Alternatively, a trial of oral iron therapy offers a more practical approach.
Chronic blood loss, especially
This is the most common cause of iron deficiency anaemia and may be occult; uterine and gastrointestinal blood loss, in particular, should be considered.
Parasitic infection, especially
See Worm infection
Intravascular haemolysis, eg, mechanical heart valves
Increased iron requirements, especially
An uncommon cause in developed countries, but may be seen in the elderly and may be a contributing factor in pregnancy, debilitating illness and alcoholism.
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