Elmi Laboratories

Ferritin blood test

Normal Reference Range

Note:: this test is processed by Clinical Biochemistry on behalf of the Haematology departmentL

♂ 18 – 370μg/L
♀ 9 – 120μg/L

Test Information

Haemosiderin and ferritin are the primary storage proteins for iron, respectively. As a result of chronic anaemia, low ferritin levels often indicate depletion; on the other hand, elevated levels signify iron overload disorders such hemochromatosis or are a result of repeated transfusions. Since ferritin is an acute phase reactant, an elevated level in an inflamed or inflammatory state could theoretically "mask" an anaemic condition. In order to better optimise patients before surgery and treat any severe deficiencies in a timely manner to prevent any acute consequences, it is crucial for bariatric surgery patients to examine their whole iron profile, including ferritin.

Clinical Indications

Confirmation and diagnosis of anaemia, the body’s iron stores status and diagnosis of haemochromatosis

Sample Required

5mL serum sample tube is required for the Ferritin blood test

Min. sample volume


Special Instructions and Precautions

Not applicable

Time Limits For Retrospective Testing

5 days

Any factors affecting the test

Not applicable

Turnaround Time

6 hrs

Referral centre (if applicable)

Not applicable

Test Code


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