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Hello. my husband just got his blood work back and his iron level was slightly elevated at 169 ug/dl. is this bad & what is the significance of it?

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Dr. Bradford Romans answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

This should be followed up by a ferritin test.There is a genetic disorder of iron overload, hemochromatosis, that should be ruled out.See your doctor.

Answered Nov 28, 2013

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

2 other sources gave range of 65-170 or 175 µg/dl as normal for men. However, serum ferritin (the protein that binds the iron) also needs to be considered. By itself, 169 is ok but we need other values. Elevated iron & ferritin suggest iron overload (like hemosiderosis where iron is deposited in organs). Iron value may be high if ferritin level is low. Recheck labwork; discuss with pcp.

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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Dr. Devin Namaky answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Is that a ferritin level? And are you sure the units are right? If so, this could've caused by several things. Other iron studies and blood counts would've helpful. Have him see his physician.

Answered Mar 24, 2015

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