Ferritin Test

This test measures the level of ferritin, a protein that stores iron, in the blood.

This test measures the level of ferritin, a protein that stores iron, in the blood.

This test measures the level of ferritin (a protein that stores iron) in the blood.

  • Only a small amount of ferritin is found in the blood.
  • The blood level of ferritin is often a good indicator of how much iron is stored in your body.

A ferritin blood test may be recommended to determine:

  • The cause of anemia, especially when iron deficiency anemia is suspected
  • If there is an abnormally high level of iron in the blood, such as in a condition called hemochromatosis
  • If a treatment plan to raise or lower the iron level is working

The blood sample is usually taken by placing a needle in a vein in the arm or by pricking a finger.

  • Ask your healthcare provider if there are any specific instructions you need to follow before the test.
  • Ask your healthcare provider if you need to stop taking any medicines before the test.
  • Do not stop taking any medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.

This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Ferritin Test
Laboratory Work
Stored Iron
Ferritin level
Ferritin Blood Test
Blood Test for Ferritin
Level of Ferritin

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