Differential Anemia Diagnosis: What's the Best Marker of Iron Status?
MedSun: Newsletter #44, January 2010
AACC Clinical Laboratory News
Even with such a profound disease burden, iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and anemia of chronic disease (ACD) often receive sub-optimal clinical management. Strategies to definitively diagnose and treat the conditions have not been widely implemented, and there is disagreement about the best combination of tests and cutoff points to distinguish between the two. At the same time, research advances have enhanced the field’s understanding of iron homeostasis, and ushered in a new generation of analytical tools with their own set of challenges.
AACC Clinical Laboratory News. Differential Anemia Diagnosis: What’s the Best Marker of Iron Status? November 2009.