Which lab values would most likely be seen in a patient with hemochromatosis?
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Measuring serum iron in hemochromatosis has no value in diagnosis, but the measurement of transferrin saturation is necessary.
Hemochromatosis is suggested by the presence of elevated transferrin. At least 30% of women do not have an elevated transferrin saturation.
Elevated serum ferritin levels may indicate primary iron overload, but ferritin levels can also be increased in infection, inflammation, and liver disease.
Genetic testing for a C282Y mutation is the gold standard for diagnosing hemochromatosis and has replaced liver biopsy.
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