Men: 215 - 360 mg/dL
Women: 245 - 370 mg/dL
Children from 0 to 6 months old: 173 - 413 mg/dl
Children from 6 to 12 months old: 209 - 339 mg/dl
Children from 12 to 18 month old: 253 - 385 mg/dl
Children from 18 months to 2 years old: 261 - 351 mg/dl
Children from 2 to 18 years old: 215-325 mg/dl
In the International System of Units (SI), transferrin in the blood is measured in g/L. The normal transferrin level in the blood in the SI is:
Men: 2.15 - 3.60 g/L
Women: 2.45 - 3.70 g/L
Children from 0 to 6 months old: 1.73 - 4.13 g/L
Children from 6 to 12 months old: 2.09 - 3.39 g/L
Children from 12 to 18 month old: 2.53 - 3.85 g/L
Children from 18 months to 2 years old: 2.61 - 3.51 g/L
Children from 2 to 18 years old: 2.15 - 3.25 g/L
Each laboratory must establish its own normal ranges for iron in the blood. These ranges depend on the makeup of the local population, the technologies used and the accuracy of the measurement. There may be also slight differences in the normal levels according to age, gender, race or ethnic origin, geographic region, diet, type of sample and other relevant status.
Your doctor will study the results along with your medical record, screenings, physical condition, symptoms and any other relevant information about your situation.
Transferrin is a type of globulin protein, which main role is the transport of iron in the blood. Transferrin is usually called iron-binding protein. Iron in the body is essential to the formation of hemoglobin, necessary to carry oxygen to the cells.
Each transferrin molecule can bind to two atoms of ferric iron (Fe3+). It means that ferritin can transport iron through the blood. In normal conditions, only one-third of the iron binding capacity of transferrin is saturated with iron.
In addition, transferrin can carry other metals through the blood such as copper, manganese, gallium, indium, titanium, etc.
Human transferrin is produced in the liver and it has a half-life of 8 days in the blood.
In many cases, to determine the transferrin level in the blood an indirect method is used. In the laboratories it is measured the TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity) instead.
This assay measures the amount of iron bound to transferrin in a blood test. This method is cheaper and easy to perform. When the TIBC is known, the transferrin level can be estimated with the following formulas:
The transferrin blood test is usually made in relation to a suspected anemia. It must be studied along with iron in the blood, ferritin and the transferrin saturation (a relation between iron and transferrin). The concentration of transferrin in the serum is regulated by the iron availability.
A high value of transferrin in the blood may be a sign of iron-deficiency anemia. However, it is better to consider the ferritin blood test for this matter because transferrin level may be elevated a consequence of pregnancy or for taking oral contraceptives. If transferrin is high and ferritin is low (<15 ng/ml) iron-deficiency anemia should be suspected.
A low value of transferrin is a sign of an anemia of chronic disease. It a secondary consequence of renal disorders (kidney disease, kidney failure), liver problems, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, celiac disease) and some types of cancer. It is frequent that transferrin level is low in all kinds of inflammations.
Therefore, transferrin level in the blood is an adequate parameter to know whether an anemia is caused by iron deficiency or it is secondary to a chronic disease.
Transferrin level in the blood is also useful to know the nutritional status of people with no kidney problem.
In case of suffering hemochromatosis the iron in the blood will be high and the transferrin level in the blood will be low.
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The following values are considered to be normal values:
IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in mg/dL. They are an example of a healthy woman of about 45 years old with a balanced diet, not known disease and not taking any medication. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.
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