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Ferritin Test

What is a ferritin test?

A ferritin test is a laboratory blood test that measures the amount of ferritin in a person's blood stream. Ferritin is the major iron storage protein in the body, so the ferritin test is ordered as an indirect way to measure the iron stores in the body.

The ferritin test is often ordered as part of a panel of tests that examine the levels of body iron and the effects of abnormalities in iron storage. It may be ordered together with an iron level, a total iron binding capacity test, or blood cell counts.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/20/2014

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