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Ferritin

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Overview
Test Results & Interpretations
Patient Concerns

Overview

Test Description

Ferritin levels reflect iron stoes in normal individuals. A low serum ferritin level is an indicator of iron depletion. This assay is clinically useful in distinguishing between Iron deficiency anemia (low level) and anemia of chronic disease (normal or high level). It is also useful to assess iron overload conditions like Hemochromatosis. Ferritin is also an acute phase reactant.

Why Get Tested

  1. If you have signs or symptoms of iron deficiency anemia like pallor, fatigue, weakness, headaches
  2. If your CBC shows that your hemoglobin and hematocrit are low and RBC’s are smaller and paler than normal which usually suggest iron deficiency anemia 
  3. If you have signs or symptoms of increased accumolation of iron in the body like joint pain, abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of body hair

Precautions

Do not eat or drink anything except water at least 9 to 12 hours before the test.


Test Results

Interpretations

  • Low ferritin levels usually suggest iron deficiency anemia 
  • High ferritin levels are seen in sideroblastic anemia, hemachromatosis, hemolytic anemia or after multiple blood transfusions
  • Ferritin levels are not usually done alone. They should be read in conjunction with other tests for iron
  • Ferritin is also an important acute phase reactant so can be increased in inflammation, liver disease, chronic infections etc.


Patient Concerns

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My iron level is normal but my ferritin level is low. Why is that?
The development of ion deficiency anemia is a gradual process. If your body is not taking in enough iron, it first uses the iron that is stored in the tissues, so blood levels of ferritin begin to decrease first.
Q. Can eating foods high in iron increase my ferritin levels?
Yes, taking in more iron will increase the level of iron in your body and subsequently more ferritin.

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