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How is iron found in the body and anaemia?

  1. Jun 22, 2010 #1
    Hello everyone,

    I have found out that iron exists as plasma iron, plasma transferrin and plasma ferritin. Now what is plasma iron, I thought iron can not exist alone in the plasma it has to bind to something, is this wrong? Also ferritin is inside cells (eg liver cells) so why is there plasma ferritin.

    My main question is if we lose blood this can lead to iron deficiency anaemia, the thing is I'm confused how the iron is lost. If the iron is lost via plasma I'm confused due to above reasons I mentioned. Also iron is in red blood cells, so what contributes more to loss, loss of iron via red blood cells or plasma iron?

    Thank you :smile:
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