Who is a candidate for the test?
How is the test performed?
What is involved in preparation for the test?
What do the test results mean?
- alcoholic liver disease
- hemochromatosis, a genetic disease that causes the body to absorb and store too much iron
- hemosiderosis, a condition in which iron builds up in the lungs and liver
- hemolytic anemia, which is caused by destruction of red blood cells
- Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph cells
- leukemia, cancer of the white blood cells
- advanced stages of other types of cancer
- megaloblastic anemia, in which the bone marrow produces large, abnormal red blood cells
- inflammatory disease
- cirrhosis, which is destruction of the normal liver tissue
- chronic hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that lasts at least 6 months
- chronic gastrointestinal bleeding
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- iron deficiency anemia, which is a low red blood cell count caused by a deficiency of iron in the diet
Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference: 4th edition, 1999