What Causes Abnormal Serum Iron Levels?
Abnormal serum iron levels can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose abnormal serum iron levels, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal serum iron levels" as a symptom. Here are seven possibilities:
- Chronic Inflammation
- Metal Toxicity
- Megaloblastic Anemia
- Iron Deficiency Anemia
- Hemolytic Anemia
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
significant history of cysts
exposure to old building materials
low folic acid level
partial vegetarian diet
elevated liver enzymes
severe fatigue after slight exertion
history of endometrial cancer
severe mid-right abdominal pain
history of gout
... and more than 40 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal serum iron levels:
|Iron Deficiency Anemia
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Iron, serum. Unit: ug/dL [umol/L]
→ Don't know
→ Under 20 [3.6] (very low)
→ 20-59 [3.6-10.6] (low)
→ 60-175 [10.7-31.3] (normal)
→ Over 175 [31.3] (high)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very low serum iron, low serum iron, normal serum iron or high serum iron, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as: