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Friday, December 6, 2013
erritin and inflammation
My ferritin is 199. I am 57, menopausal past 7 years, non-drinker. I have a lot of pain in shoulders, collarbone, knees, hands and feet. Advil helps. I will have genetic testing for hemochromatosis. But also, are there tests for inflammation, as I understand that it increases ferritin? Thank you.
Answer:You are correct; inflammation can artificially increase ferritin amounts. Tests that will tell whether or not significant inflammation is present would include C-reactive protein and a sed rate. We generally do them along with the ferritin, the iron, and a TIBC to try to figure out exactly how much iron is on board.
Related Resources:Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
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Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University