Iron Binding Capacity - Total (TIBC) - Serum

Iron Binding Capacity - Total (TIBC) - Serum


Iron Binding Capacity - Total (TIBC) - Serum measures the total amount of iron that can be bound by proteins in the blood. To detect iron deficiency or iron overload.

This Test Includes

Iron Binding Capacity - Total (TIBC)

Test Instructions

Total parameters available: 1

Parameter Names:

  • Iron Binding Capacity - Total (TIBC) - Serum

Test Instructions/Precautions:

  • Alcohol: Please abstain from alcohol before the test
  • Medication :Any pre-existing medication should only be stopped after consultation with the referring Physician


Soft Copy (Portal/Email) : If the sample is collected before 12 noon then the report will get delivered as per Reporting Time / Maximum TAT (Turn Around Time) indicated with the test. For samples collected after 12 Noon, 12 hours may be added to the Report Turn Around TimeHard Copy : Delivered at home upon request. A small convenience fee may apply.

Why it is Done

An abnormal result from a CBC of a person requires Iron test, particularly when the Haematocrit and Haemoglobin are not up to the mark. Person might be asked to carry the test in case suffering symptoms of iron deficiency or overload.

What is this test

In Iron Binding Capacity,usually iron concentrations are controlled by a proportion between the amount of iron taken into the body and the amount of iron lost. Typically, a small amount of iron is lost each day, so if too less iron is taken in, the deficiency will develop. There is usually enough iron to prevent iron deficiency and anemia in healthy people usually person with good diet. The concentration of iron in the blood is measured by iron studies. There would be certain situations, you may find increased need of iron in the blood, Patients suffering from the gut with chronic bleeding e.g. tumors or ulcers or Female patients with heavy menstrual periods might lose more blood than healthy persons and develop the deficiency in iron. Pregnant or breastfeeding woman drop iron to their toddlers during the same course of time and develop iron deficiency. Children during rapid growth and women during the above-mentioned course of time are recommended to take an extra iron to avoid iron deficiency.