FERRITIN

Code
400.4690
Name
FERRITIN
Category
None
Department
Chemistry
Start Date
Expiration Date
Synonyms
FER
CPT Codes
82728
Site
Main Lab
Reference Test
ATLAS Test Code

Specimen Information

Type

Gold, SST

Volume

1.0 ml

Transport Info

Refrigerated
7 days stability

Frozen (Freeze Only once)
12 month stability

Fasting Required?
False
Patient Instructions

Reference Range

Female: 6.24-137 ng/mL
Male: 17.9-464 ng/mL

Methodology

Chemiluminescence

Clinical Significance

Evaluate microcytic anemia, iron storage diseases, and iron metabolism.

Ferritin is found in serum in low concentrations and is directly proportional to the body's iron stores. In general, variations in total body iron stores will be reflected in the serum ferritin level. Serum ferritin levels are very helpful in the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia, anemia of chronic infection, thalassemia, and hemochromatosis. Serum ferritin levels, however, can be nonspecifically elevated in patients with inflammation and or liver disease, regardless of iron stores. This is attributed to hepatocellular leakage of ferritin from damaged cells.

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