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Ferritin Per Treatment Phlebotomy Doctor Understand
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hemachromatosis. What is the highest level my ferritin should be before getting a phlebotomy? Please state a number for max.
One: Thousand, if the diagnosis is established and there have been several levels to confrim. ...Read more
I have hemachromatosis and get phlebotomies. What is this highest level my ferritin should be before getting a phlebotomy?
I had a phlebotomy to reduce my iron/ferritinlevel as I have hemochromotosis. My ferritin level has gotten even higher since having my blood out, why?
I have been doing phlebotomy for hemochromatosis. i got my ferritin down to 50 then it went back up to 300! why?! do not drink low iron diet
Iron accumulates: In Hemochromatosis, your body absorbs too much iron. Even if your diet is low iron, as it should be, you can still over time accumulate iron in your tissues again since the underlying problem with iron metabolism is ever present. Ferritin is also a marker of inflammation, and often rises during infection etc. If you have had any such issues lately, it could be a result of that as well. ...Read more
I have Polycythemia Vera and after my last phlebotomy my Ferritin level went down to 6. Is that severe? Should I take iron supplements?
That's fine: That's actually what you want, if you've really got polycythemia vera. Now I'm concerned about something. You say you're only 29. At your age, true polycythemia vera would be almost unheard-of. Is the diagnosis correct? Has it been demonstrated by today's molecular biology? It is possible that you have a high-affinity hemoglobin or a right-to-left shunt? Just wondering. ...Read more
I have genetic hemochromatosis my ferritin level before last phlebotomy was 318 hemoglobin 187 my wbc 11 and my platelet count 454. I'm so confused!
Talk about it: The key is that you're getting treated. Your physician will try to keep your ferritin fairly low. That platelet count is fine. The white count has little to do with your hemochromatosis status. I'm really glad this got picked up. If it's missed, it's slow, miserable and deadly. Of all the very-very-serious diseases, it's the easiest to manage. Best wishes. ...Read more
is hemochromatosis reversible through phlebotomy or must a patient undergo phlebotomy on a regular basis for the rest of his life? Does phlebotomy eventually ease the symptom so that this treatment may stop?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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