What is this patient's most likely diagnosis?
Review of results:
This patient has an increased RBC count with a decreased Hb and normal Hct. The MCV is microcytic and the RDW is within normal limits. Many codocytes are present on the peripheral smear. Serum iron is 165 µg/dL (normal = 60 -150 µg/dL), and the TIBC is 230 µg/dL (normal = 250 - 400 µg/dL). Consider also the findings on alkaline hemoglobin electrophoresis.
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