FAQs FOR PATIENTS
Hepcidin is a hormone made in the liver. It is the main regulator of iron in the body
We recommend a sample from a fasting patient, a first morning sample after the 8-12 hours fast. If that is not possible, avoiding iron rich meals and iron supplements is recommended before the sample collection visit.
Yes, the test needs to be ordered by a physician before the blood sample is collected and sent for testing. The completed Laboratory Requisition form should accompany each sample.
Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. We are closed during federal holidays.
The physician, the patient or the patient’s guardian, or a person authorized by the patient.
The typical turnaround time is 3-5 business days. Patients should also allow time for the physician to review results prior to scheduling a follow up visit.
Presently the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDx™ Test is not covered by insurance. Thus the cost of the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDx™ Test will be billed directly to the patient or institution. We accept payments by check and credit card.
Hepcidin blocks the iron stored in cells from entering the bloodstream. It also prevents the body from absorbing iron from the diet. Hepcidin controls the levels of iron in the blood when it responds to changes in dietary iron intake, low oxygen, inflammation, or red blood cell production.
To learn more about iron disorders, click here.