Serum Hepcidin – 25 May Replace the Ferritin Index in the Thomas Plot in Assessing Iron Status in Anemic Patients
C Thomas, U Kobold, S Balan et al.
Int J Lab Hematol 2010
Development of biochemical markers is a rapidly advancing area, current markers do not distinguish IDA from ACD and the combined state of ACD/IDA.
This study explores the extent to which serum hepcidin-25 enables the differentiation of the above states compared with the ferritin index plot.
The results suggest that this marker can differentiate IDA from ACD and ACD/IDA, but not ACD from ACD/IDA – the authors suggest that by combining with CHr (i.e., replacing the ferritin index in the Thomas plot) this differentiation can be made.
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