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Old 09-08-2005, 06:41 AM   #1
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What is "TIBC" on a blood test

I recently had a general health blood test. My Iron was 112 which was in range, but something called TIBC was a tad high - the upper range was 400 and mine was 403 which put it out of the labs range. What is that? Can it be a cause of being tired and all?

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Old 09-09-2005, 06:03 AM   #2
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Re: What is "TIBC" on a blood test

TIBC stands for "Total Iron Binding Capacity" The number goes up if your body is tyring to absorb more iron. If your iron levels fall below a certain range it can lead to anemia. This is generally caused by loss of blood. In men they usually search the GI tract for hidden bleeding (stomach ulcer, intestinal disease, even hemmoroids.) Hope this helped.

 
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:58 AM   #3
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Re: What is "TIBC" on a blood test

Gotcha...Being that its only over by 3 points and my iron levels are in range, is this something I should be concerned with? All my other levels, for the entire test were just fine ie: blood counts, wbc, rbc, etc etc- (i do have to work on my cholesterol some ) .

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Old 09-09-2005, 11:37 AM   #4
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Re: What is "TIBC" on a blood test

I would think your dr would have brought anything of real concern to your attention. Ranges are just that-average ranges for most people. A few points here and there are rarely of concern.

 
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