Ferritin Blood Test

Ferritin Serum Blood Test; Iron Test

Those that suffer from anemia or other iron deficiencies are sometimes tested for the amount of ferritin in their blood stream. It is a protein that is inside the body’s cells and actually stores iron for use as needed. Decreased levels of this protein, found by the blood tests, suggest that the person does not have enough iron in their blood stream. This deficiency can lead to chronic illnesses, as well as other diseases because of the adverse reaction to the production of red blood cells within the body.

Ranges & Abnormalities Of The Blood Testing

The normal levels of ferritin vary between females and males, as well as a few other conditions. Males should have levels ranging between 12 and 300 ng/mL. The normal range for females should range between 12 and 150 ng/mL. The lower level suggests a deficiency of iron and can be treated through medication or dietary changes, depending on how abnormal the results. If the ferritin blood tests come back elevated it might suggest liver disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hemolytic anemia or Megaloblastic anemia. Low levels of the ferritin can suggest bleeding of the digestive tract, abnormal menstrual bleeding or iron deficient anemia.

When A Ferritin Blood Test Is Ordered

A ferritin blood test can be used as a screening measure when an iron deficiency is suspected. Some symptoms that sometimes suggest the need for the blood testing are; fatigue, weakness, dizziness and headaches. Some also complain of burning sensations, abdominal pain, heart problems and/or joint pain. Untreated abnormal levels of ferritin can lead to additional health concerns, so blood tests to measure levels are important for both adults and children.