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Serum Ferritin and Estimate of Body Iron Stores

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient's serum ferritin levels and to estimate a person's total body iron stores.

Specialty:

Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dermatology
Clinical Laboratory

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

D50, D61.1, R79

Description:

Ferritin consists of a protein shell (apoferritin) surrounding variable amounts of iron complexed as ferric hydroxide-phosphate. Ferritin present in the serum contains approximately 20-25% iron. Serum ferritin concentrations in normal individuals and iron deficient patients correlate well with total body iron stores.

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