Ferritin Test is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses a blood sample to check the level of Ferritin in the bloodstream. The test is primarily conducted to assess how well are the kidneys functioning.
Ferritin is a blood cell protein that stores iron and releases it in a controlled fashion. The protein acts as a buffer against iron overloading and iron deficiency. It helps doctors understand how much iron is being stored in the body.
Ferritin Level Blood Test is also known as Serum Ferritin Test and Ferritin Test.
Why get tested?
Serum Ferritin Test is a blood test primarily performed to evaluate how much iron is stored in the body. Ferritin level is an excellent indicator of iron storage in normal subjects and in most disorders. Thus, the test is one of the best diagnostic procedures to confirm the diagnosis of anaemia.
A doctor may prescribe a Ferritin test if he or she suspects anaemia. He or she may prescribe this test if the patient experiences the following symptoms:
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Pale or yellow skin
Shortness of breath
Disturbances in a hearing
A Ferritin Test may also be performed to:
plan the treatment regimen, if hemochromatosis or hemosiderosis has been diagnosed
monitor the progress of on-going treatment for iron deficiency or overloading
A doctor may also recommend this test to children who eat a lot of ice and who drink whole cow’s milk.
This test includes
Serum Ferritin Test is a simple blood test that does not require much preparation. However, a few points that must be kept in mind prior to undergoing a Ferritin Level Blood Test are:
The patient should wear a half-sleeved T-shirt so that the blood can be drawn easily.
In certain cases, the patient may be asked not to eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours prior to the test.
Certain medical conditions may affect the results of this blood test and hence, it is advised that the patient should inform the doctor about his or her current health status. A few conditions that may affect the test results of a Ferritin test are recent blood transfusion, iron replacement therapy, etc.
Studies show that there are certain medicines that may interfere with the test results. Thus, the doctor should be informed in case the patient has been taking any medicines or herbal products. The doctor may ask the patient to put the consumption of some medicines on hold.
A few medicines that may affect the test results of a Ferritin level test are NSAIDs, antacids etc.
To avoid misdiagnosis females should avoid taking a blood test before and after seven days of the menstrual period.
Food with high iron content such as green leafy vegetables, meat, raisins, etc. should be avoided before undergoing the test as these items may interfere with the test results.
Consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited beforehand.