AFP-Alpha Feto Protein Serum

About the test

Ferritin is a protein that helps in binding iron in the body. A red blood cell carries oxygen around the body and needs iron for the formation. Other parts of the body that need iron are bone marrow, liver, and muscles.

Low levels of ferritin in the body lead to anemia which simply means that the person has few red blood cells. The symptoms of low levels of ferritin include

  • Pain in legs
  • Irritability
  • Ringing sensation in the ears
  • Unexplained weakness
  • Chronic headaches
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Dizziness

A high level may cause damage to the organs such as the liver and spleen. Too much amount of iron in the body may also lead to rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, and hyperthyroidism. The symptoms of high levels of ferritin include

  • Heart palpitations
  • Joint pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained weakness

Why get tested?

The test is performed to check the levels of ferritin in the blood after treatment for iron deficiency.

A doctor may advise for a ferritin blood test if the patient is diagnosed with symptoms such as

  • Blood in the stool
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Brittle nails
  • Loss of hair
  • Heavy menstrual cycles
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Extreme tiredness and dizziness
  • Pounding

The doctor may also advise this test to the children who eat a lot of ice, and for babies who drink too much quantity of whole’s cow milk.


  • Fasting at least 10-12 hours before the test is required.
  • It is important to inform the doctor about the medications that are being taken by the patient.
  • Restrict the consumption of alcohol for at least 12-48 hours before taking the test.
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AFP-Alpha Feto Protein Serum

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