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This test measures the amount of iron in your child's blood. Too little iron can cause anemia, which can cause weakness, tiredness, or lack of stamina. Too much iron can cause hemochromatosis. This disease usually is passed down in families. It can cause tiredness, weakness, liver problems, and pain in the joints.
An iron test is done to:
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Adaptation Date: 3/1/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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