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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Elevated Ferritin

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My hb is 11.6 and ferritin is 10 how low is this and what would be the treatment?

My hb is 11.6 and ferritin is 10 how low is this and what would be the treatment?

Iron deficient: If these are the standard units for ferritin, this is low. Unless you've had some recent pregnancies or very heavy periods or have an iron-poor diet, you need to find the cause of your iron deficiency. We don't want to miss a bleeding stomach ulcer or something else treatable. The iron deficiency itself will be enough to slow you down some; you deserve better health. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Ferritin (Definition)

Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...Read more


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Iron serum high (180) yet ferritin levels low (113). Suffering symptoms akin to haemochromatosis. Can treatment (phlebotomy) be justified?

Iron serum high (180) yet ferritin levels low (113). Suffering symptoms akin to haemochromatosis.  Can treatment (phlebotomy) be justified?

Not necessarily: Serum iron levels are not a good test to make treatment decisions as it is very variable and do not reflect inappropriate iron deposition. Ferritin level is the standard. If there is a concern for hemachromatosis genetic test is available. If indicated, liver biopsy with iron studies can be considered. ...Read more

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Help understanding what treatment is needed for the following test results:iron, total 166 normal, iron binding capacity, 231, low %saturation 72, high ferritin, 22, normal transferrin, 173, low?

No treatment: More information is needed. For example, are you anemic? If you are not anemic, a normal iron, and normal transferrin without an elevated TIBC does not indicate iron deficiency. If you are anemic, then these tests need to be repeated to look for other causes of your anemia. ...Read more

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Just had labs done. Low RBC,HGB,HCT,Ferritin,Vit D. High RDW,TBil,Chloride. What does this mean? Treatment?

Just had labs done. Low RBC,HGB,HCT,Ferritin,Vit D. High RDW,TBil,Chloride. What does this mean? Treatment?

Out of Context: It is not our place to interpret your labs without the full lab results, access to your health care history, physical exam and the very reason the tests were done in the first place. This interpretation of labs must come from the professional caring for you who ordered them. The question you have asked us is impossible to answer on the internet. ...Read more

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Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

No!: Galactosemia cannot be cured. But, you can take steps to prevent or minimize galactosemia symptoms and complications. The treatment is the strict avoidance of all sources of galactose. The most common source is lactose, which is the milk sugar that breaks down to galactose and glucose. Avoid: milk or milk by-products, fermented soy products, legumes, organ meats, & hydrolyzed protein. ...Read more