What is Ferritin Blood Test?
Ferritin is a protein that stores iron (can store up to 4,500 iron atoms) and is an acute phase reactant that coordinates cellular defense against oxidative stress and inflammation along with transferrin and its receptor. Serum ferritin levels can be measured using a sensitive and specific immunological test.
Why get a Blood Ferritin test?
A ferritin test helps your doctor determine how much iron your body store. And to anticipate and monitor iron deficiency.
A ferritin test aids in diagnosis of hypochromic, microcytic anemias.
Evaluation of iron deficiency anemia and monitoring of iron replacement therapy.
What does the test measure?
Lower than average ferritin level indicates your body’s iron stores are common anaemiaand, you have iron deficiency. As a result, you could be anaemic.
An increase in Ferritin levels can indicate damage to your organs, such as the liver and spleen.
Ferritin normal levels depend on the patient’s age.
The following conditions may cause high ferritin levels:
- Acute / chronic liver disease
- Gaucher disease
- Myocardial infection
- Iron overload (hemochromatosis)
- End stagEnd-stagestagee kidney disease
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Megaloblastic anaemia, hemolytic anaemia, thalassemia
Ferritin low levels may be caused by:
- Iron deficiency
A blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm. A Registered Nurse will take the required blood test.
How long do blood test results take?
The target turnaround time for the Ferritin Blood test is 4 hours.