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Overdose Iron

Source Blood    
Mnemonic ODIRN
Specimen Requirements 1 x 3 mL or 4.5 mL light green (mint) top PST tube. Gold top SST tube also acceptable.

0.2 mL plasma or serum
Specimen Handling
Additional Information For suspected/confirmed cases of Iron Overdose only.

Caution: The effect of iron chelating agents (e.g. deferoxamine) on serum/plasma iron levels is not clearly defined; iron level monitoring during therapy with these agents is not recommended. If required, testing may resume >24 hours after cessation of treatment.
Testing Location Chemistry-ACH
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s) Iron Overdose
Reference Interval

 Male & Female  
< 18 years 

 Female
  18-150 years  

 Male
  18-150 years  

  5-25 umol/L

 6-28 umol/L

 8-30 umol/L

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