Table of Contents
- Ferritin blood test facts
- What is ferritin?
- What is the ferritin blood test?
- How does one prepare for a ferritin blood test?
- How is the test performed?
- What are the potential side effects of a ferritin blood test?
- What are normal results for a ferritin test?
- What does an elevated ferritin level mean
- What does a low ferritin level mean?
What is ferritin?
Ferritin is the major iron storage protein of the body. Ferritin levels can be used to indirectly measure the iron levels in the body. Ferritin has the shape of a hollow sphere that permits the entry of a variable amount of iron for storage (as ferric hydroxide phosphate complexes).
What is the ferritin blood test?
The ferritin test uses venous blood to measure ferritin levels. The test is sometimes ordered together with other tests to help evaluate the body's iron stores, such as an iron level or a total iron binding capacity test. Continue Reading
Longo, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 18th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2011.
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