Percentage of hypochromic red cells as a potential screening test to evaluate iron status in blood donors.

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Summary of "Percentage of hypochromic red cells as a potential screening test to evaluate iron status in blood donors."

Haemoglobin (Hb) levels are used to assess eligibility for blood donation but are not correlated with iron status. The percentage of hypochromic red cells (%Hypo-He) has been suggested as a useful screening parameter for iron deficiency. The aim of this study was to determine the cut-off level and accuracy of %Hypo-He screening among blood donors.


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Name: International journal of laboratory hematology
ISSN: 1751-553X


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