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Question: High iron and saturation, normal ferritin

 momsey - Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:18 pm

My 6 year old son has high serum iron (187), high saturation (62), low UIBC (115), normal ferritin (42), normal TIBC (302), normal CBC, normal CMP, normal BUN and Creatinine but high BUN/creatinine ratio (38). Normal T3,T4 and TSH, normal Phos, Mg, Cu and Zn. What does this mean? Thank you.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:14 pm

User avatar Hello Momsey,

Before answering your question, may I first ask why were these tests drawn? Was there something going on or were they simply doing some screening? This will help me give you a more accurate answer.

Best wishes.
 momsey - Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:34 pm

Dr. Lowe,
These tests were done as a routine check-up prior to TD-DMPS treatment, to remove excess heavy metals, such as mercury, from my son's body. He is showing autistic symptoms (non-verbal, stimming, obsessive behavior, swallowing difficulties). Thank you for your reply.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:20 pm

User avatar Hello again,

Since these were simply "routine" screening labs, I suspect they are actually not particularly significant. In general, these numbers are more significant when there is an associated issue. It is likely that your son's iron amounts are actually normal from him. We base "normal" values on a bell curve so a percentage of the population will have normal levels that are outside the normal range even though not abnormal.

I am not particularly knowledgeable about TD-DMPS treatments so I would recommend you discuss this with your son's doctor but I think it unlikely that these numbers would be a contraindication to such treatment.

Best wishes.

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