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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Haemachromatosis and low ferritin
Hi Can you tell me if it is possible to have a normal ferritin and still have haemachromatosis ? Thanks
Yes. A ferritin is simply a test that measures the overall storage of iron in the body as a rough estimation. Hemochromatosis refers to the genetic trait to develop iron overload but does not necessarily mean that iron overload exists.
So yes, you could have a normal ferritin after treatment, or in some people who have donated blood, or for other causes.
Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University