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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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My blood ferritin (iron) level is 59 ug/l is this low?

Normal: Your ferritin level is normal. The normal range is 12-150 ng/ml. (1 ng/ml = 1ug/l). ...Read more

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My husband age 62 low ferritin 15. Iron level fine not anemic either.Tired and short of breath.Been to lung, heart dr & esophagus scope all ok? Next?

My husband age 62 low ferritin 15. Iron level fine not anemic either.Tired and short of breath.Been to lung, heart dr & esophagus scope all ok? Next?

Colon: Iron deficiency in an adult male warrants excluding bleeding in the intestine as a cause. In a 62-year-old, it is imperative to exclude colon cancer. You need to consult a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Have felt tired and dizzy my iron ferritin level was checked last year level was 16, should i have ferritin rechecked?

Yes: Assuming you have been taken iron, it would be a good idea to recheck your cell counts and ferritin. In case they are normal at least iron deficient anemia can be ruled out as the cause for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can ferritin be normal while iron levels may be low?

Can ferritin be normal while iron levels may be low?

Yes: Yes, because they are testing for different things.Ferritin tests for your total body iron stores and iron level tests for only the amount of iron present in the blood. ...Read more

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Why would my ferritin be low 5.5 but my iron levels are normal?

Stores vs. current: Ferritin represents stores, serum iron reflects the short term status. An analogy - A propane tank will give a normal pressure reading when almost empty (serum iron) if you weigh the tank (Ferritin) you will know that it is almost empty. ...Read more

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Is a ferritin reading of 284 very high for a 58 year old woman who used to have low iron levels?

Is  a ferritin reading of 284  very high for a 58 year old woman who used to have low iron levels?

Yes it is high: It is high as normal ferritin level in women is 12to150ng/ml.Discuss the result along with hemoglobin, and iron level etc with your doctor. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more