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Ferritin Test
Ferritin is a blood protein that contains iron. Ferritin test helps your doctor understand how much iron your body may have stored. If the ferritin test reveals that your blood ferritin level is lower than normal, that indicates your body's iron stores are low and you have iron deficiency.
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Ferritin Test
Ferritin is a blood protein that contains iron. Ferritin test helps your doctor understand how much iron your body may have stored. If the ferritin test reveals that your blood ferritin level is lower than normal, that indicates your body's iron stores are low and you have iron deficiency.
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What is a Ferritin test? 

Ferritin is the protein inside the red blood cells that stores iron.Ferritin (FAIR-eh-tin) test helps your doctor with how much iron is storedin the body. Iron is needed to make  red blood cells. When ferritinlevels are low, the body makes fewer red blood cells. Ferritin levels canbe high due to some medical conditions. Let the doctor know if your childhad a blood transfusion or similar. This can affect the readings of aferritin test.

 

What are the other names for a Ferritin test? 

Other names are  serum ferritin, serum ferritin level, ferritinserum

 

What are the test parameters included in a Ferritin?

There is only one parameter: Ferritin.

 

What does a Ferritin test measure?

  • Ferritin testing evaluates the amount of ferritin that is circulatingin the blood. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron, a very essentialmineral that is needed for healthy growth and development.

  • Iron cannot exist on its own inside the body. Instead, the iron bindsto a protein called transferrin, which is transported to differentparts of the body. The extra iron will be stored in ferritin, which isusually concentrated in the liver and the cells of the immunesystem.

  • When the body requires it , it uses the stored iron, where  ametabolic process separates the iron from the ferritin inside thecell. In this process, a small amount of ferritin leaves the cell andmoves into the bloodstream. A ferritin test analyses the amount offerritin in the blood because it reflects the total amount of ironthat is stored in your body.

 

What’s the normal range? 

Female : 11.1–264 ng/mL

Male: 17.9–464 ng/mL

Who should get a Ferritin test? 

Your doctor recommends a ferritin test if other blood tests point topossible anaemia, which can lead to a lack of oxygen in your blood. It cananalyse and show if there is too much or too little iron in your body. Thedoctors can also use it to diagnose restless legs syndrome and Still'sdisease in adults (a rare type of arthritis with fever and rash).

 

Low iron could be the cause if you:

  • Often feel dizzy, weak, and tired.

  • Have headaches

  • Look pale

  • Are short of breath

  • Have a rapid heartbeat

You may also feel and have strange cravings for licorice, chalk, dirt, orclay. You might feel a burning sensation on your tongue.

 

If you are left unchecked, low levels of iron may cause heart failure(when your heart doesn’t pump blood to your body as well as it should). Itcan also cause these symptoms:

  • Chest pain

  • Leg pain

  • Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus

 

A ferritin blood test can also help the doctor to figure out whether yourbody is storing too much iron. high levels might point to alcohol abuse,infection, liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, overactive thyroid, orsome types of cancer.

Symptoms of high iron levels vary and can include:

  • Exhaustion

  • Heart problems

  • Joint pain

  • Low sex drive

  • Loss of body hair

  • Stomach pain

  • Weight loss

  • Abdominal pain

  • Lack of energy

 

Preparations needed for the Ferritin test 

Fasting is not required for this test.

What is the cost of a Ferritin test?

What is the type of sample required?

This test requires a blood sample

 

Who performs a Ferritin blood test?

A healthcare provider called a phlebotomist usually performs blooddraws, including those for a Ferritin blood test, but any healthcareprovider trained in drawing blood can perform this task. The samples aresent to a lab where a medical laboratory scientist prepares the samplesand performs the tests on analysers.

 

What should I expect during my Ferritin blood test?

You can expect the experience the following during a blood test, orblood draw:

  • You will sit comfortably on the chair, and a healthcare providerwill check your arms for an easily accessible vein. This is theinner part of your arm on the other side of your elbow.

  • Once they have located a vein, they will clean and disinfect thearea with an alcohol swab.

  • Then they will insert a small needle into your vein to draw a bloodsample. This might feel like a small pinch.

  • After they have inserted the needle, the required amount of bloodwill collect in a test tube.

  • Once they have collected enough blood to test, they’ll remove theneedle and hold a cotton ball or gauze on the site to stop anybleeding.

  • They will place a band-aid over the pricked site, and the bloodcollection is finished.

  • This process takes less than five minutes.

     

    What should I expect after my Ferritin blood test?

    After a healthcare provider has collected the blood sample, they willsend it to a laboratory for testing. Once the test results are ready,your healthcare provider will share the results with you.

     

    What are the risks of a Ferritin blood test?

    These blood tests are very common and don’t carry any significantrisks. You may have a  slight pain like an ant bite when the needlegets inserted, and a small bruise may develop there.

    When can I expect my Ferritin results?

    These reports are available via email or WhatsApp within 6 hours of thecollection of the blood sample.

    What do the results of a Ferritin mean?

  • If you have lower than normal ferritin levels, it may mean you haveiron deficiency anaemia or another condition related to low ironlevels. This iron deficiency anaemia is a common type of anaemia, adisorder in which your body does not make enough red blood cells.Iron deficiency anaemia may cause heart problems, infections, andother health-related issues.

  • Higher values than the normal ferritin levels can mean that youhave too much of iron in your body. Usually, the conditions that cancause increased iron levels include liver disease, alcohol abuse andhemochromatosis, a disorder that can lead to cirrhosis, heartdisease, and diabetes. 

  • If the ferritin results are not normal, it does not mean that youhave a medical condition needing treatment. Certain medicines canhave side effects that can decrease or increase your ferritinlevels. If you have any questions about your results, talk to yourhealthcare provider.

  •  

    What are normal Ferritin results?

    One common reference range for a Ferritin blood test is Male - 17.9–464ng/mL and Female - 11.1–264 ng/mL (nanograms permicroliter). 

    Since the normal ranges can vary depending on the laboratory, it’simportant to check your test result report to see what your specificlab’s reference range is.

    How to book a Ferritin  test at home?

    Log intowww.orangehealth.inand submit your details. Our highly trained, professional, andvaccinated eMedics will be at your doorstep within 60 minutes or at thetime booked by you.


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    What is a Ferritin test? 

    Ferritin is the protein inside the red blood cells that stores iron.Ferritin (FAIR-eh-tin) test helps your doctor with how much iron is storedin the body. Iron is needed to make  red blood cells. When ferritinlevels are low, the body makes fewer red blood cells. Ferritin levels canbe high due to some medical conditions. Let the doctor know if your childhad a blood transfusion or similar. This can affect the readings of aferritin test.

     

    What are the other names for a Ferritin test? 

    Other names are  serum ferritin, serum ferritin level, ferritinserum

     

    What are the test parameters included in a Ferritin?

    There is only one parameter: Ferritin.

     

    What does a Ferritin test measure?

    • Ferritin testing evaluates the amount of ferritin that is circulatingin the blood. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron, a very essentialmineral that is needed for healthy growth and development.

    • Iron cannot exist on its own inside the body. Instead, the iron bindsto a protein called transferrin, which is transported to differentparts of the body. The extra iron will be stored in ferritin, which isusually concentrated in the liver and the cells of the immunesystem.

    • When the body requires it , it uses the stored iron, where  ametabolic process separates the iron from the ferritin inside thecell. In this process, a small amount of ferritin leaves the cell andmoves into the bloodstream. A ferritin test analyses the amount offerritin in the blood because it reflects the total amount of ironthat is stored in your body.

     

    What’s the normal range? 

    Female : 11.1–264 ng/mL

    Male: 17.9–464 ng/mL

    Who should get a Ferritin test? 

    Your doctor recommends a ferritin test if other blood tests point topossible anaemia, which can lead to a lack of oxygen in your blood. It cananalyse and show if there is too much or too little iron in your body. Thedoctors can also use it to diagnose restless legs syndrome and Still'sdisease in adults (a rare type of arthritis with fever and rash).

     

    Low iron could be the cause if you:

    • Often feel dizzy, weak, and tired.

    • Have headaches

    • Look pale

    • Are short of breath

    • Have a rapid heartbeat

    You may also feel and have strange cravings for licorice, chalk, dirt, orclay. You might feel a burning sensation on your tongue.

     

    If you are left unchecked, low levels of iron may cause heart failure(when your heart doesn’t pump blood to your body as well as it should). Itcan also cause these symptoms:

    • Chest pain

    • Leg pain

    • Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus

     

    A ferritin blood test can also help the doctor to figure out whether yourbody is storing too much iron. high levels might point to alcohol abuse,infection, liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, overactive thyroid, orsome types of cancer.

    Symptoms of high iron levels vary and can include:

    • Exhaustion

    • Heart problems

    • Joint pain

    • Low sex drive

    • Loss of body hair

    • Stomach pain

    • Weight loss

    • Abdominal pain

    • Lack of energy

     

    Preparations needed for the Ferritin test 

    Fasting is not required for this test.

    What is the cost of a Ferritin test?

    What is the type of sample required?

    This test requires a blood sample

     

    Who performs a Ferritin blood test?

    A healthcare provider called a phlebotomist usually performs blooddraws, including those for a Ferritin blood test, but any healthcareprovider trained in drawing blood can perform this task. The samples aresent to a lab where a medical laboratory scientist prepares the samplesand performs the tests on analysers.

     

    What should I expect during my Ferritin blood test?

    You can expect the experience the following during a blood test, orblood draw:

  • You will sit comfortably on the chair, and a healthcare providerwill check your arms for an easily accessible vein. This is theinner part of your arm on the other side of your elbow.

  • Once they have located a vein, they will clean and disinfect thearea with an alcohol swab.

  • Then they will insert a small needle into your vein to draw a bloodsample. This might feel like a small pinch.

  • After they have inserted the needle, the required amount of bloodwill collect in a test tube.

  • Once they have collected enough blood to test, they’ll remove theneedle and hold a cotton ball or gauze on the site to stop anybleeding.

  • They will place a band-aid over the pricked site, and the bloodcollection is finished.

  • This process takes less than five minutes.

     

    What should I expect after my Ferritin blood test?

    After a healthcare provider has collected the blood sample, they willsend it to a laboratory for testing. Once the test results are ready,your healthcare provider will share the results with you.

     

    What are the risks of a Ferritin blood test?

    These blood tests are very common and don’t carry any significantrisks. You may have a  slight pain like an ant bite when the needlegets inserted, and a small bruise may develop there.

    When can I expect my Ferritin results?

    These reports are available via email or WhatsApp within 6 hours of thecollection of the blood sample.

    What do the results of a Ferritin mean?

  • If you have lower than normal ferritin levels, it may mean you haveiron deficiency anaemia or another condition related to low ironlevels. This iron deficiency anaemia is a common type of anaemia, adisorder in which your body does not make enough red blood cells.Iron deficiency anaemia may cause heart problems, infections, andother health-related issues.

  • Higher values than the normal ferritin levels can mean that youhave too much of iron in your body. Usually, the conditions that cancause increased iron levels include liver disease, alcohol abuse andhemochromatosis, a disorder that can lead to cirrhosis, heartdisease, and diabetes. 

  • If the ferritin results are not normal, it does not mean that youhave a medical condition needing treatment. Certain medicines canhave side effects that can decrease or increase your ferritinlevels. If you have any questions about your results, talk to yourhealthcare provider.

  •  

    What are normal Ferritin results?

    One common reference range for a Ferritin blood test is Male - 17.9–464ng/mL and Female - 11.1–264 ng/mL (nanograms permicroliter). 

    Since the normal ranges can vary depending on the laboratory, it’simportant to check your test result report to see what your specificlab’s reference range is.

    How to book a Ferritin  test at home?

    Log intowww.orangehealth.inand submit your details. Our highly trained, professional, andvaccinated eMedics will be at your doorstep within 60 minutes or at thetime booked by you.


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