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Causes of elevated ferritin 4641 and it's dangers?

Causes of elevated ferritin 4641 and it's dangers?

Many causes, listed: HELLO, Kathy. In general very high ferritin can be found in indolent chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, iron overload anemiaChronicdiseas or hemophagocytic syndrome but can also be from malignancies, hence you need a complete clinical and lab investigation to pinpoint the cause. The danger is not knowing the cause which may be worse than inflammatory. Check with your MD right away. ...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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If cancer was to cause elevated ferritin levels, how high would the levels get?

If cancer was to cause elevated ferritin levels, how high would the levels get?

Depends: It depends on the type of cancer. The highest levels are seen in an uncommon entity called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. You may consult this site for more information on this entity. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/hematology_and_blood_disorders/hemophagocytic_lymphohistiocystosis_134,212/ ...Read more

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Elevated ferritin levels, but i'm chronically anemic-missed 6 venofer injections, what are possible causes? Is lupus possibility?

Elevated ferritin levels, but i'm chronically anemic-missed 6 venofer injections, what are possible causes? Is lupus possibility?

What's going on?: If you have an elevated serum ferritin, then you are almost certainly not iron-deficient and should not be receiving injectable iron. It can kill you. I am not joking. Please get with someone who knows how to work up an anemia properly. I'm betting on one of the milder thalassemia variants, but there are literally hundreds of other possibilities. ...Read more

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Low ferritin what causes it?

Iron deficiency: Ferritin is the 'storage' form or 'warehouse' of iron. If you have been told your ferritin is low, it is probably because either A) you are not eating enough iron in your diet, or B) you have some blood losses (heavy periods). Another choice might be C) disease processes with malnutrition, inadequate absorption, or utilization. You should follow through with your doctor to get this problem fixed. ...Read more

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Causes for low ferritin levels in males?

Causes for low ferritin levels in males?

Need to see your : Doctor. Low ferritin levels mean reduced iron stores, usually due to blood loss. In a male this requires investigation for source of blood loss. ...Read more

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What can cause low ferritin ? Is 9 low ! Female aged 35?

What can cause low ferritin ? Is 9 low ! Female aged 35?

Iron deficiency: What is your age 35 or 67? It matters very much. Iron deficiency in a post-menopausal female warrants excluding a hidden cause of bleeding, such as in the intestine. It is imperative that you see your doctor for an in-person evaluation and a colonoscopy may be warranted. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/causes/CON-2001932s ...Read more

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Can diet be a cause for low ferritin level in a woman aged 35? Value is 9

Can diet be a cause for low ferritin level in a woman aged 35? Value is 9

Iron deficiency: Low ferritin means the person mentioned is likely iron deficient. Iron deficiency occurs due to blood loss. The most common cause of low ferritin in premenopausal women is menstrual bleeding. Diet is only a factor to the extent that one isn't consuming sufficient iron in their foods to compensate for the iron loss (from bleeding). ...Read more

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Can a ferritin level of 14 cause symptoms? If so, what are the symptoms that a ferritin level of 14 can cause?

Iron deficiency: Ferritin levels per se will not cause symptoms. Low ferritin levels are an indication of iron deficiency and you may be anemic, if so, weakness, paleness, lack of exercise tolerance may be some symptoms. A woman of reproductive age loses iron in menstrual blood and it would be okay to take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. ...Read more