Ferritin levels in serum
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|Ferritin levels in serum
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[UPDATED APRIL 2022]
Ferritin is a protein found inside cells that stores iron for the body's future use. A ferritin test indirectly measures the amount of iron in your blood.
Abnormally high ferritin levels may be due to:
- Alcoholic liver disease;
- Frequent transfusion of packed red blood cells ;
- Hemolytic anemia;
- Hodgkin's lymphoma;
- Megaloblastic anemia.
Ferritin levels can become elevated if the patient has an inflammatory disorder.
Abnormally low levels may be due to:
- Vegetarian or vegan diet;
- Long-term digestive tract bleeding;
- Heavy menstrual bleeding.
Blood (serum) sample
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- Make arrangements to have blood sample taken
- Make sure that your name, date of birth and date sample taken are correctly entered on the blood tube
- Make sure all the necessary details are correct on the laboratory request form.
- Post the sample in the packaging provided making sure that the laboratory request form is enclosed with the samples.
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