This test measures Ferritin levels in the blood. Ferritin is a protein which stores iron in the cells. It is primarily found in the liver, spleen, skeletal muscles and bone marrow. Ferritin levels reflect the amount of iron in the body. Ferritin levels decrease when a person is not getting sufficient iron and increase when they take in an excess of iron. Iron deficiency may not cause any symptoms at first. As it becomes more severe, a person may experience symptoms such as chronic fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headaches and pale skin. Iron overload may cause symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, weakness, abdominal pain, hair loss, weight loss and heart problems.
The Ferritin blood test is often ordered when a person has abnormal CBC results such low hemoglobin and hematocrit which may be indicative of anemia caused by iron deficiency.
Ferritin testing is often ordered with an Iron & TIBC Test to evaluate if a person has iron deficiency or overload.
Turnaround time for the Ferritin test is typically 1 business day.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Ferritin testing does not have any special requirements.
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