Ferritin stores unused iron in the body, and its level correlates with iron deficiency, or excess.
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This test can also be purchased as part of our Anemia panel.
PREPARATION: No fasting or other special preparation is needed for this test.
What does this test do?
This test determines the concentration of ferritin circulating in the bloodstream. Ferritin is a protein found in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow. It binds and stores iron until it is needed to make new red blood cells. Although only a small amount of ferritin is found in the blood, the measured concentration give an idea of the amount of iron stored in the body.
What do the results mean?
Low levels of ferritin highly correlate with iron-deficiency anemia, while abnormally high levels of ferritin can be found in anemia caused by certain chronic diseases.