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Table 3 Serum iron, TIBC, transferrin saturation, and adequacy of iron level and TIBC compared to normal levels

From: Role of vitamin D, serum zinc, and serum iron deficiency in community-acquired pneumonia in children

  Patient group
No. = 31
Control group
No. = 36
Independent t test
t P value
S. iron (μg/dL) Mean ± SD 127.54 ± 31.68 138.17 ± 40.39 −1.185 0.240
Iron level Adequate 31 (100.0%) 36 (100.0%) NA NA
Inadequate 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
TIBC (μg/dL) Mean ± SD 580.05 ± 126.68 519.69 ± 109.43 2.093 0.040
TIBC Adequate 4 (12.9 %) 8 (22.2%) 0.984 0.321
Inadequate 27 (87.1%) 28 (77.8%)
Transferrin saturation Mean ± SD 0.26 ± 0.10 0.24 ± 0.08 0.643 0.522