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What is the Ferritin Blood Test?
A ferritin test checks the amount of ferritin in the blood. Ferritin contains iron.
If the doctor suspects that the person is experiencing an iron deficiency or an iron overload, he or she may order a ferritin test. This test measures the amount of stored iron in the body, which can give a doctor an overall picture of the iron levels.
Symptoms of Low ferritin level
The doctor may suggest this test in case a patient has symptoms associated with low ferritin level:
* Leg pains
* Unexplained fatigue
* Shortness of breath
Symptoms of High ferritin level
In case a person has a high ferritin level, he or she may experience these symptoms:-
* Stomach pain
* Joint pain
* Unexplained weakness
* Chest pain
What does the ferritin test result mean?
If a ferritin test shows that the blood ferritin level is lower than usual, it indicates that the body is low in iron, and that individual has iron deficiency.
If the test result shows higher than average level, it may indicate that the patient has a situation that causes the body to store enough iron. It could also point out to liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or other inflammatory conditions. Sometimes a ferritin level may also go high due to some types of cancer.
FASTING TYPE: NON FASTING
SAMPLE TYPE: SERUM
NORMAL RANGE: Men: 22-322 ng/ml Women: 10-291 ng/ml