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May 6, 1999

Mr.M., In a relatively healthy adult male would regular blood donations(every 8 weeks)cause me to have low iron(38 mcg/ dl)on a chem. profile? Thank You.

Response from Mr. Molaghan

Hello Frequent blood transfusion can cause a slight iron deficiency, and most blood banks have a "cut off " point where donation is not allowed if the iron level is too low. The serum ferritin level is a better gauge for iron utilization. An iron supplement might be helpful, but you should consult your doctor.


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