Abdus Sattar Khan, Said Alam Shah.
Iron deficient children and significance of serum ferritin.
J Pak Med Assoc Jul ;55(10):420-2.

Objective: To evaluate the significance of serum ferritin in iron deficiency anaemia as compared to other indices. Methods: Children were selected as anaemic and non-anaemic on the basis of hemoglobin (10g/dl) and transferrin saturation (15%). Red cell morphology, hemoglobin, serum iron, TIBC, transferrin saturation and serum ferritin were determined. Results: Red cell morphology was of little significance. Haemoglobin, serum iron, transferrin saturation and serum ferritrin were all lower in children. A positive correlation of serum ferritin with age, haemoglobin, serum iron and transferrin saturation and a negative correlation with TIBC was found. Conclusion: Serum ferritin was more sensitive indicator as compared to serum iron, TIBC, and transferrin saturation (JPMA 55:420;2005).

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