The blood’s ability to attach itself to the iron and transfer/ transport it around the body is measured by the total iron-binding capacity (TIBC). In other words, this laboratory test measures the blood’s capacity to bind iron with transferrin.
A transferrin test is similar to TIBC, transferrin refers to a protein produced by the liver, and it facilitates the absorption of iron into the blood. TIBC is associated with the amount of transferrin in your blood which is available to attach to iron. TIBC test evaluates how efficiently transferrin carries iron through your body.
Since the liver produces transferrin, liver disease makes your TIBC level low. Supposedly, you have iron deficiency, the iron level in your body will be high, but your TIBC will be low or normal.
Medically, TIBC and transferrin are 2 different tests. However, the common factor is that both tests measure the same thing. Pathkind labs offer both kinds of tests with assured accurate results. Depending on the results, our specialists give you appropriate instructions and measures to follow.
How is this test done?
In TIBC or transferrin test, blood is drawn from your body and the maximum amount of iron that your blood can carry is measured, which in a way measures the transferrin as transferrin acts as the dynamic carrier. Instead of TIBC, people also opt for a direct Transferrin test that measures transferrin in the blood directly.
Both these tests are done at Pathkind Pathology labs effectively manned with highly trained and qualified specialists using the latest technology. Your comfort, satisfaction, and security are what Patkind values.
These tests are usually done when there are chances of diseases like anemia, iron deficiency or iron-deficiency anemia. These tests help to diagnose iron-deficiency or iron overload.
When is this test done?
When the body suspects insufficient levels of iron, the level of iron in the blood drops. This condition may occur when:
One of the most common conditions caused due to insufficient levels of stored or circulating iron is iron deficiency anemia. In the initial stage, no physical signs or symptoms are visible; however, as the deficiency progresses symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and pale skin may appear.
Requirements for a TIBC or Transferrin test: