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Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)

Also known as: Iron Binding Capacity; IBC; Serum Iron-Binding Capacity; Siderophilin
Formal name: Total Iron Binding Capacity; Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity; Transferrin; Transferrin Saturation
Related tests: Iron Tests, Serum Iron, Ferritin, Zinc Protoporphyrin (ZPP), Transferrin Receptor

 

  • Why should I do it?

To assess your body's ability to transport iron in the blood

 

  • When should I do it?

When your doctor suspects you may have too much or too little iron in your body because of a variety of conditions; to help monitor liver function and nutrition

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

You may be instructed to fast for 12 hours before the test; in this case, only water is allowed.