Abnormal total iron binding capacity 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 total iron binding capacity, we could:
|Iron Deficiency Anemia||90%||Confirm|
|Cirrhosis Of The Liver||0%||Ruled out|
Iron, TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity). Unit: ug/dL [umol/L]
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Under 150 [26.9]
→ 150-239 [26.9-42.8]
→ 240-450 [42.9-80.6] (normal)
→ Over 450 [80.6]
While low TIBC is commonly explained by the presence of hemochromatosis, it can also be caused by hypoproteinemia from malnutrition, anemia with infection and chronic disease, and nephrosis.