This test measures the amount of iron in the blood that is capable of binding to the protein transferrin.
Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron capable of binding to the protein transferrin. This test helps your healthcare provider diagnose conditions associated with low iron (i.e., iron deficiency anemia) or high iron levels (hemochromatosis).
In the beginning, low iron levels (anemia) often go unnoticed. As the iron level drops, some of the following symptoms can occur:
The blood sample is usually taken by placing a needle in a vein in the arm or by pricking a finger.
This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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