Ferritin

Ferritin is an iron storage protein; decreased levels indicate iron deficiency anemia, increased levels occur e.g. in hemochromatosis.

Reference Ranges

Adults
Men30 – 400 µg/L
Women < 50 yrs15 – 150 µg/L
Women > 50 yrsIncrease to male values
Children
4 months - 16 yrs15 – 150 µg/L
Each laboratory should check if the reference ranges are transferable to its own patient population and determine own reference ranges if necessary. For diagnostic purposes, the results should always be assessed with the patient’s medical history, clinical examinations and other findings.

Increased in

  1. Liver parenchymal damage
  2. Malignant tumours

Decreased in

  1. Iron storage anemia
  2. Chronic blood loss
  3. Malabsorption

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