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Hemochromatosis

High iron

12/06/2006

Question:

the doctor`s tested my blood and said my iron level was 917. what all can cause this? they tested for hemochromatosis and that was not it

Answer:

It is not clear which tests were performed by your doctor. Serum iron levels don't go as high as 917.  I would have to suspect lab error if you are referring to a ferritin level.  This test can be affected by inflammation due to over 100 different disorders and requires a fairly significant workup to find out the cause(s).  I would need to know which tests were actually performed to rule out hemochromatosis in order to give you an adequate answer.

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Response by:

Mark   Wurster, MD Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University