Urinary Haemosiderin

Haemosiderin is a pigment formed when haemoglobin breaks down. In cases of excessive haemolysis haemosiderin is filtered by the kidney for excretion in the urine. The sample is centrifuged and the deposit is stained using Perl's iron stain, which is reviewed by a Haemology Registrar/Consultant.
Reference range: 


Sample type and Volume required: 
An early morning urine sample should be taken for testing.
Turnaround time: 
Within 5 working days for routine requests; within 1 day for urgent service
Special sample instructions: 

Send to laboratory as soon as possible; delays in transportation may lead to bacterial contmination

Blood Sciences Department-Guy's And St Thomas' Hospital
Result Query: 020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Contact: 020 7188 9247

Guy's Hospital
Southwark Wing - 4th Floor
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Contact: 020 7188 4781
Haematology Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas' Clinical Advisory Service
Routine hours: bleep 1358
Paediatrics Routine hours: bleep 1621

Out of hours, weekend and bank holidays: 17:00-9:00 bleep 0294
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015