Ferritin Test Topic Guide
Ferritin Test: The ferritin blood test can detect elevated or low levels of ferritin in the body, which may indicate disease such as iron deficiency anemia, hemochromatosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain cancers. Ferritin is a protein in the body that is used to store iron.
Hemochromatosis Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH, iron overload) is a genetic disorder in which excess iron is retained in the body. Hemochromatosis may affect several organs in the body including the skin, joints, liver, pancreas, thyroid, testicles, and heart. As a result of the excess build up of iron in organs, conditions and diseases can result from the excess iron, for example, diabetes, cirrhosis, heart failure, and brown skin, among others. Treatment for hemochromatosis is generally phlebotomy and dietary changes.