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Causes of high ferritin levels in blood

A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Specializes in Pathology
High ferritin: If the high ferritin is confirmed to be caused by hereditary hemochromatosis, then regular phlebotomy (discarding a portion of blood) will benefit mos... Read More

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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Ferritin: Some. causes of high ferritin :: could be genetic causing hemochromatosis, obesity, daily alcohol, inflammation
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Dehydration: It may be that you were not properly hydrated when blood was drawn for hemoglobin testing. Next time you donate blood, drink plenty of water before go... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: The high ferritin level per se is not of concern. The level reflects the degree of inflammation.
A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Blood letting: A high ferritin is bad news because it catalyzes free oxygen radicles. They can be compared to sparks jumping out of a fire in the process known as ox... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Follow MD advice: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that.... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
2nd polycythemia: Secondary polycythemia can ce caused by different things like abnormality/mass on the liver, kidney, lungs problem, sleep apnea , drugs like testosero... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Needs follow-up: Since a high ferritin level may be from hemochromatosis which can lead to organ damage if go untreated, you need to have these tests repeated in the n... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Complicated: A lab value is just a measurement. In some blood diseases including some myelodysplastic syndromes, the iron is abundant but not available for use. No... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Repeat labs: All of the abnormal labs there are borderline. None of them seem to stand out as a major problem. I think if she has a diagnosis of gastritis, and it ... Read More

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