• Test Code - PL0472
  • Test Name - Serum Ferritin
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  • Serum Ferritin test is done to determine your body's total iron storage capacity.

  • Serum Ferritin test is performed when your doctor suspects that you may have too little or too much iron in your system.

  • A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm for a Serum Ferritin test.

  • You may be instructed to fast for 12 hours before the test in this case, only water is permitted.

  • Ferritin levels are low in people who are iron deficient and are elevated in those with hemochromatosis or who have had multiple blood transfusions.

  • Ferritin is an acute phase reactant and can be increased in people with inflammation, liver disease, chronic infection, autoimmune disorders, and some types of cancer. Ferritin is not typically used to detect or monitor these conditions.

  • Normally, most ferritin is found inside of cells with only a small amount in the blood. When there is damage to organs that contain ferritin, such as the liver, spleen, and bone marrow, ferritin levels can become elevated even though the total amount of iron in the body is normal.


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