Disturbances of Iron Utilization Diagnosis and Therapy

  • Manfred Wick
  • Paul Lehmann
  • Wulf Pinggera
Conference paper


In patients with disturbances of iron utilization, the individual erythrocyte contains a normal amount of hemoglobin despite the lowering of the patient’s hemoglobin value. MCH and MCV are normal. Iron deficiency is apparently not the problem in this case, but rather the erythrocyte balance between formation and decomposition. This balance is reflected in the reticulocyte count (as a measure of the regeneration of erythropoiesis) with normal reticulocyte values between 5 and 15%.


Iron Deficiency Serum Ferritin Iron Overload Transferrin Saturation Iron Therapy 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred Wick
    • 1
  • Paul Lehmann
    • 2
  • Wulf Pinggera
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Clinical Chemistry, Klinikum GrosshadernUniversity of MunichGermany
  2. 2.Roche Diagnostics GmbHMannheimGermany
  3. 3.Medical DepartmentGeneral HospitalAmstettenAustria

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