Hematological and iron-related analytes--reference data for persons aged 1 year and over: United States, 1988-94

Vital Health Stat 11. 2005 Mar;(247):1-156.


Objectives: This report presents national estimates of hematologic and iron-related analytes for persons 1 year of age and over, by age, sex, and race/ethnicity.

Methods: The analysis is based on data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) (1988-94), which was designed to provide information on the health and nutritional status of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population. The sample used for these analyses included the 26,372 participants who had laboratory tests.

Results: This report provides mean, standard error of the mean, median, and percentile laboratory values for the U.S. population, 1988-94, for hematological and iron-related analytes. In addition, percentage distributions are provided.

Conclusions: Data on hematological and iron analytes provide reference values for clinical and longitudinal comparisons.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Female
  • Hematology / methods
  • Hemoglobins / analysis*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Iron / blood*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • United States
  • Vital Statistics


  • Hemoglobins
  • Iron