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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

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

Yes: You have iron deficiency anemia and should take oral iron and multivitamin supplements. Being that you are pregnant, for the sake of your and your baby's health, you should be under the care of an obstetrician.
Wish you good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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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Low ferritin symptoms?

Low ferritin symptoms?

Anemia: To have symptoms, hemoglobin should decrease which happens after ferritin has decreased. Some of the symptoms are fatigue, difficulty breathing, ringing in the ear, picca , palpitation. ...Read more

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Low ferritin dangerous?

Not immediately: Low ferritin reflects low body stores of iron and may be accompanied by anemia. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor to ascertain the cause and choose the appropriate treatment. ...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 could be wrong if you have low ferritin levels?

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

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What to do if I have low ferritin of 4 an hb of 9 is this an issue ?

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

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My hb is 11.6 and ferritin is 10 how low is this and what would be the treatment?

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

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Can low ferritin cause hypothyroidism?

Can low ferritin cause hypothyroidism?

No: Low ferritin is an indication of low iron and may be associates with anemia. It is not related to thyroid function. ...Read more

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Can very low ferritin alone cause bone pain?

Can very low ferritin alone cause bone pain?

No: However, erythroid hyperplasia due to iron deficiency anemia may in fact be part of the explanation. Has your vitamin d level been checked? Parathyroid hormone? Kidney status? ...Read more

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Why does low ferritin cause too many platelets?

Why does low ferritin cause too many platelets?

It doesn't: Ferritin is a marker of inflammation and also an indicator of iron stores. It is related to erithrocytes, red blood cells, but not to platelets, thrombocytes. I've not seen the correlation you describe in real practice. ...Read more

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Low ferritin in blood work indicate what exactly?

See below: Ferritin carries iron and is present in several organs including the liver when ferritin is low you are at increased risk for iron deficient anemai and you should see what your physician says about your blood count. ...Read more

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Is a ferritin of 10 low? Should I supplement with iron?

Yes: Ferritin of 10 means you have iron deficiency anemia. You should start oral supplement, such as ferrous sulfate 325mg up to three times a day as tolerated. Side effect include constipation, stomach irritation. ...Read more

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What does a bit low serum iron and low transferrin mean in ferritin is normal?

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

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Please tell me if a ferritin deficiency and low levels of IgA might be related?

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

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Could you tell me if a ferritin deficiency and low levels of IgA might be related?

Can be: People with IgA deficiency have higher incidence of celiac disease and mild celiac disease may present with iron deficiency that is associated with low ferritin. ...Read more

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What might it mean if ferritin is normal range, but hgb is slightly low? Does that mean anemic?

What might it mean if ferritin is normal range, but hgb is slightly low? Does that mean anemic?

Two separate issues: Anemia can be due to many causes, including deficiency of iron and. Normal ferritin means that body stores of iron are okay. There are other causes of anemia, e.g., excessive menstrual blood loss, deficiency of folate (folic acid) and/or B12. ...Read more

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Is an hgb count of 11.6 really that low? Should i be worried? My ferritin is 9.2 and my hct 35.4

Continue iron and: Multivitamin treatment. You are still iron deficient. You may need to take more than 20mg/day of iron. If you are not menstruating, then it would be prudent to consult your doctor to look for an other cause of blood loss. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Iron panel within normal ranges except ferritin was low 11 ng/ml. What is your interpretation for this results. Thanks?

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

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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

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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?

Yes: The latter suggest either a lab error, one of the obscure inborn errors of iron metabolism, or recent GI bleeding in a person with hemochromatosis. The diagnosis will need to be made by a specialist. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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