Ferritin is an iron molecule bound to apoferritin , a protein shell. Most of the stored iron is in the form of ferritin. Iron is essential for the production of RBCs. Ferritin remains in the body tissues until it is needed for erythropoiesis. When needed, the iron molecule is released from the apoferritin shell and bind to transferrin, whic...
Male- 22-322 ng/dl
Female – 10-292 ng/dl
When to get Tested
When there are s/s of Iron deficiency anaemia( Fatigue, dizziness, Head ache , pallor , weakness)
s/s of Iron overload ( Fatigue , joint pain , Weight loss, lack of energy, Abdominal pain , loss of sex drive , organ damage such as in heart and liver)
Low Haemoglobin and Haematocrit on a Complete Blood Count
Haemochromatosis – a rare genetic disease in which the body absorbs too much of iron , even on a normal diet.
Repeated blood Transfusions
Iron deficiency anaemia
Reduced Iron consumption
Body is unable to absorb iron from foods ( Eg : celiac diseases)
Increased need of Iron - pregnancy , childhood
Chronic Blood loss – Peptic ulcer , colon Cancer
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