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Jacksonville, FL
A 21-year-old female asked:

receive labs results today. what could it mean when i have and iron saturation of 52% and normal ferritin levels? is that bad?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Incomplete info: 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. Having said that, there is nothing wrong in the information you provided. What is your hemoglobin? For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can iron overload be acquired?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: Certain beers in the tropics caused iron load. So even in patients that did not have hemochromatosis did not develop iron overload. Also, patients with history of multiple blood transfusions can also develop iron overload. There was a famous bantu beer. Most patients cannnot get iron overload unless they have the genes.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a treatment for iron overload?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Iron overload damages the liver, heart, and other organs; and it causes fatigue, weakness, joint pains, abdominal pain, etc... Treatment is by blood-letting (taking blood out of the person) and/or chelation (using chemicals to bind up the iron and remove it from the body).
Dr. Charles Greenberg
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There are new drugs that can bind iron and treat iron overload as well. Exjade. See your md
Mar 8, 2013
A 21-year-old member asked:

My ferritin was 3, 000 at diagnosis and was dropping steadily approximately 30 points per treatment, phlebotomy, but suddenly dropped 500 points. My doctor and I don't understand how this could have happened?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Recheck: I would recheck. It is possible that your body is now becoming more fully depleted of iron. Also, ferritin is an acute phase reactant so it can be elevated by other things (infections, cancers, etc). However, in this setting i would recheck to see if accurate and, if so, be happy that your frequent phlebotomy may soon be coming to an end.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What happens if my body gets more iron than it needs?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Hemochromatosis is the medical term for iron overload. This is a genetic condition and approximately 1 in 40 americans with norther european descent carry these genes. Iron overload can lead to diabetes, cirrhosis, impotence and liver cancer. A simple blood test can show if your iron levels are too high.
Harrisburg, PA
A 83-year-old male asked:

What does a ferritin level greater than 10, 000 indicate?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Not many causes: Extremely high levels of ferritin are seen chronically only in patients with one of the genetic forms of hemochromatosis and in those who have received multiple red blood cell transfusions. Acute onset of extremely high levels of ferritin may be seen in juvenile idiopathic arthritis, lupus, opportunistic infection in a patient with hiv, and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (hlh).

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