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Anemia Panel >> Ferritin
Ferritin Test

Alternate Names
Serum Ferritin Level
Serum Iron

Ferritin is the measurement of the amount of iron that is available in the body, with the amount found in the blood equaling the amount that is stored within the body and available for use. Low blood levels are seen in people with iron-deficient anemia; high blood levels are seen people who have received blood transfusions, hemochromatosis, iron poisoning, hemolytic anemia, hepatitis, or autoimmune diseases. Iron levels can also be elevated due to acute illnesses, but these levels do not indicate the amount of stored iron available for use within the body.

What is the difference between serum Ferritin and serum iron tests?
Serum ferritin and serum iron blood tests determine iron levels through different means. Your serum ferritin level is the amount of iron in your body, while serum iron measures the level of iron in your blood.

When is the Ferritin test done?

  • As a part of anemia panel
  • To specifically diagnose iron-deficiency anemia
  • As a routine test during pregnancy
  • To help diagnose hereditary hemochromatosis (which causes your body to store too much iron)

What will the results of serum Ferritin test tell me?

Normal range:

Newborn: 25-200 ng/ml
Infant less than 1 month old: 200-600 ng/ml
Baby 2 to 5 months old: 50-200 ng/ml
Baby 6 months to child 15 years old: 7-142 ng/ml
Female: 10-150 ng/ml
Male: 12-300 ng/ml

Lower range:

  • Lower-than-normal levels may be due to:
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Intestinal conditions that cause poor absorption of iron
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Long-term digestive tract bleeding

Higher range:

  • Higher-than-normal ferritin levels may be due to:
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Frequent transfusion of packed red blood cells
  • Hemochromatosis
  • An inflammatory disorder, such as asthma or arthritis, could also inflate your serum Ferritin level.



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