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Low Ferritin In Pregnancy
28wks preg. Low ferritin 7, STFR 20.7, hemoglobin 11.3- is this iron deficiency anemia from pregnancy? Have had IDA in past,stopped taking iron pills
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
I recently had a blood test done and was tested for CBC, Glucose, creatinine, sodium, potassium, TSH & ferritin. Can pregnancy be detected from this?
Iron deficiency: This usually means you're short on iron stores. Are you a non-supplementing vegetarian? Please get with a scientific practitioner who can guide you. Are you a woman with heavy monthly loss or who's had numerous pregnancies? Are you perhaps losing blood into your gut from an ulcer or cancer? There are many possibilities. Your physician is your guide. ...Read more
Low Ferritin Level: Both your ferritin (iron stores) and your hemoglobin are low. Have you had blood loss? Is this a new issue for you? If you do not know why your levels are low, then you need to work with a doctor to figure that out. Ferritin should be at least 40 for fatigue, and 60 if you have restless legs syndrome. ...Read more
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
Eat a healthy diet: What is your hemoglobin level? If hemoglobin is normal and ferritin is normal, there may not be anything to worry about. Eat a healthy diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils, and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise 30 minute/day for about 5 days/wk. ...Read more
Probably not: Work the up independently. You're unlikely to find why your IgA is low and this is probably not going to be productive. One person in 500 doesn't have any. Iron deficiency, by contrast, is extremely serious. You have colon or stomach cancer or a bleeding ulcer until proved other. (I trust you're not an amateur vegetarian.) Get that worked up for real. ...Read more
What would cause low ferritin in a 30 yo female? Ferritin was 8. Cbc only showed slightly low for iron
Please explain how my hgb & hct can be normal, but then my ferritin & iron are on the very low end of normal?
Basic biology: Your iron stores run low before you become anemic, just like my bank account runs low before I start actually going in debt. You'll feel lousy with low iron even without anemia. Please try to figure out the cause -- monthly loss, pregnancies, ill-advised vegetarianism, ulcer, hookworm, cancer, others. ...Read more
Normal hemoglobin, lower than normal MCH and MCHC). Serum ferritin in low normal range(40). What could it mean?
Stop worrying: You may have a very mild thalassemia variant. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. Ask your physician whether you have "thal minor" -- simply so that you'll know in case you are thinking of marrying someone else with it. ...Read more
My blood work is normal except my ferritin is low at 8 ug/mL and my TIBC is high at 443 ug/dL, what does that mean?
My ferritin level is 6 but my hct/hgb are normal. Can this ferritin level cause symptoms? What causes low ferritin?
U R iron deficient: Probably. You'll start feeling tired before you become anemic as the iron that your cells need for metabolism are deficient. You need to find out why you are iron deficient. If it's pregnancies, your monthly loss, or an ill-advised vegetarian lifestyle, correct it. If not, ask your physician how to identify possible blood loss. ...Read more
I have a low ferritin and normal hemoglobin. Also i have gastritis and can't take iron. How can i raise ferritin level?
Intravenous iron: Iron can be administered intravenously and sufficient amount can be given in one sitting to correct any iron deficiency. You would need to consult your doctor for the need and advisability of this treatment. ...Read more
Iron panel within normal ranges except ferritin was low 11 ng/ml. What is your interpretation for this results. Thanks?
Iron: If your serum iron is normal and iron binding capacity is not elevated, you are not iron deficient. Perhaps you need to take more vit c or make sure that your thyroid is not underactive. ...Read more
What causes these results? High iron 49 umol/l, tibc normal 70, high saturation 70 umol/l, and low ferritin 11 ug/l? Dr didn't explain. Anaemia?
Out of context: One cannot take one small part of a lab report and get any kind of valid interpretation. Too much is missing here. The other lab values. The reasons for the tests. The past medical history. ...Read more
What is the difference between iron & ferritin? Does RBC production need iron or ferritin? Can you very very low serum iron and ferritin of 3000?
HFE mutation with low *6.7* ferritin and 61% sat. Do I need high sats AND high ferritin for iron deposits in body? Concern for low ferritin? Thanks!
Can be Iron def: Hemochromatosis results in increased iron absorption from diet. But it will not stop iron deficiency if you are losing iron/blood such as menstruation or pregnancy. Low ferritin says iron stores are low. High transferrin sat says you absorb excess iron from what you eat. Women with homozygous HC get organ damage about a decade later than men for this reason. If you are anemic take (!) iron briefly ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more