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What is Ferritin?
Ferritin is a protein that acts as the foremost storage for iron in the cells. The Ferritin Test examines for the range of the ferritin in blood to ascertain the ranges of iron in the body and evaluate the body’s capability to store iron.
Why is Ferritin performed?
The Ferritin Test is carried out:
·To verify iron deficiency anemia identified in regular check-ups
·To ascertain iron deficiency or iron overload in the body
·To ascertain the capacity of the body to store iron
What does Ferritin Measure?
Iron is animportant micronutrient that is needed by the body in trace quantity. Iron performs an important function in a variety of body activities, the most of which is in the formation and functioning of red blood cells or RBCs. Iron is an essential part of a protein known as hemoglobin in the RBCs. RBCs move oxygen from the lungs to other body tissues.
The body does not produce iron, the only way we get is through diet. Only a minute amount of iron is needed by the body. Most of the iron obtained from the diet is transformed to hemoglobin in the RBCs. Excess iron absorbed from diet is saved as ferritin and hemosiderin, and a small quantity as myoglobin and enzymes. Ferritin is kept in the liver, spleen, bone marrow, and skeletal muscles. When iron levels in the blood drop, it is recovered from these saved iron reserves.
Iron deficiency may happen because of insufficient dietary consumption of iron, too much loss of blood from injuries, bleeding at the time of menstruation, pregnancy, etc. Iron deficiency may be due to diseases like Celiac disease which prevent absorption of nutrients from food. Increased ferritin levels in the blood can also happen as a result of excess iron consumption from diet or iron supplements, more than one blood transfusion in a short space of time, liver damage, alcoholism, or due to conditions like hemochromatosis the place where the body absorbs excessive iron from food. Ferritin is as well an acute stage reactant which ability that its tiers expand in response to inflammation. Two Increased ferritin ranges can be observed in sufferers struggling from continual infections, autoimmune diseases, liver diseases, kidney failure, and in presence of malignant tumors.
A very small quantity of ferritin is discovered in circulation. Iron attaches toother protein known as transferring in blood. The Ferritin Test is carried out in combination with different iron measurement tests like Iron Test, Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) Test, and Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity (UIBC) Test. The results are interpreted accordingly.
Interpreting Ferritin results
Females: 18 to 39 years age: 10 to 120 ng/mL
Females: Above 40 years age: 12 to 263 ng/mL
Males: 20 to 250 ng/mL
Newborns 25 to 200 ng/mL
Infants 4 weeks age: 200 to 600 ng/mL
Infants 8 to 20 weeks age: 50 to 200 ng/mL
Children 6 months to 15 years age: 7 to 140 ng/mL
Higher than normal level of ferritin in blood is referred to as hyperferritinemia.
Lower than normal level of ferritin in blood is referred to as hypoferritinemia.
In Nigeria a regular check-up is recommended for people who are diagnosed with higher or lower than normal ferritin. That is, hyperferritinemia and hypoferritinemia.
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