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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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High ferritin levels indicates?

Iron overload or...: High ferritin levels in your thirties could be an indication of an primary ( hemachromatosis) or secondary (hemosiderosis) overload state, or chronic inflammation. Ferritin levels in the iron overload states are typically quite high and are typically > 800; whereas chronic inflammation will produce levels typically <800. ...Read more

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Can a very high ferritin level make your hb levels high too?

How high is high?: If you serum ferritin is well above the reference range, you have hemochromatosis until proved otherwise. If your personal physician does not know how to handle this, get with a competent hematologist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can a high ferritin level 647 ug/L (12-250) be caused by nonalcoholic steatohepatitis? How do you tell its not haemochromatosis?

Can a high ferritin level 647 ug/L (12-250) be caused by nonalcoholic steatohepatitis? How do you tell its not haemochromatosis?

Can do liver biopsy: Although blood testing (measurement of iron studies and HFE assay) combined with family history can be very suggestive, a liver biopsy with iron staining clinches a diagnosis of hemochromatosis and distinguishes it from other iron overload diseases. Sometimes ferritin is elevated as just an acute phase reactant. ...Read more

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My uncle on my moms side and my dads cousin both have a history of very high ferritin levels - i just got bloodwork back and my ferritin is very high?

My uncle on my moms side and my dads cousin both have a history of very high ferritin levels - i just got bloodwork back and my ferritin is very high?

See your doctor: to determine the cause. this can be due to multiple conditions including hemochromatosis. though ferritin is also an 'acute phase reactant' and can be high in infection and inflammatory processes ...Read more

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Can IVF drugs cause high ferritin levels?

Can IVF drugs cause high ferritin levels?

Unclear question: What are ivf drugs? It would help to answer if you could spell out your concern. ...Read more

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My husband is getting blood drained for high ferritin levels we were told this may be the reason we are not conceiving will our chances b improved now?

My husband is getting blood drained for high ferritin levels we were told this may be the reason we are not conceiving will our chances b improved now?

High ferritin: If the high ferritin is confirmed to be caused by hereditary hemochromatosis, then regular phlebotomy (discarding a portion of blood) will benefit most patients. Iron deposition can commonly cause disease in the liver, heart, pancreas and other organs, including the pituitary. Treatment may help reverse the effects of iron deposition, but not in all cases. ...Read more

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I have a high ferritin level. Could a very heavy period be your body trying to get rid of some iron?

I have a high ferritin level. Could a very heavy period be your body trying to get rid of some iron?

Maybe . . .: Ferritin is a protein your body uses to hold onto iron. Low ferritin suggests not enough iron, possibly leading to anemia. Too much ferritin might indicate iron overload or hemochromatosis. Heavy periods usually lead to anemia if you don't consume enough iron or produce enough blood to make up for difference. Best to follow up w/your family physician to check your blood count. ...Read more

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My mother has high ferritin levels in the4,000 she doesn't have hemochromatosis she is very worried her body aches and she doesn't feel good whatisit?

My mother has high ferritin levels in the4,000 she doesn't have hemochromatosis she is very worried her body aches and she doesn't feel good whatisit?

Hemochromatosis?: Blood test and family history may not be enough. Liver biopsy with iron staining may be needed to make a definitive diagnosis of hemochromatosis. Other possibilites of elevated serum ferritin are Liver disease, due to alcohol, viral hepatitis; chronic infections, hemolytic anemia, anorexia nervosa, and some drugs. ...Read more