Childhood Diseases

Posted by: m | 2010/11/03


Iron deficiency anaemia 3,5 year old

Hallo Prof

Recent blood tests show that my 3,5 year old son has:
transferrin saturation 0,16
ferritin 12
iron 11
transferrin 2,7

This was done as I find him very lethargic and pale lately. I had the same tests done a year ago, with similar findings. Last year the pead said that we should not worry because it is only the transferrin saturation that is low. This year''s tests were done through the GP and he now says the same, namely that it is no cause for concern.

AM I A PARANOID MOTHER? I don''t want anything to show up abnormal and would like it fixed, even if it is only the saturation percentage. I am extra worried as our son has had previous occult blood in his stool. He is of above average weight and height and this is not helping to have the doctors investigate further.

Raak ek maar net rustig, of dring ek aan op meer in diepte ondersoek? Ons het ''n afspraak by ''n hematoloog, maar ek moet ''n verwysing saambring en ek voel te verlee om die huisdokter vir dit te vra as hy reken daar is geen rede tot kommer nie....

Expert's Reply



It seems to me that your son has a low ferritin level, his transferrin level is at the lower end of normal and his transferrin saturation is very low. Taken together with his symptoms, which should definitely be taken into account,you have every reason to request a haematologist's opinion.

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Posted by: m | 2010/11/03

Ek wou nog byse: ek is skrikkerig om sommer self uit te probeer werk hoeveel van watter ysteraanvulling om te gee, omdat ek verstaan dat dit gevaarlik kan wees.

Asb, Prof, help my hier met ''n opinie? Soek ek iemand anders om my seuntjie te verwys? Of selfs net om die pad saam ons te stap om dit reg te probeer kry, as ons moet?

Baie dankie!

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