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Hemochromatosis

Haemachromatosis and low ferritin

12/27/2007

Question:

Hi Can you tell me if it is possible to have a normal ferritin and still have haemachromatosis ? Thanks

Answer:

Yes.  A ferritin is simply a test that measures the overall storage of iron in the body as a rough estimation.  Hemochromatosis refers to the genetic trait to develop iron overload but does not necessarily mean that iron overload exists.

So yes, you could have a normal ferritin after treatment, or in some people who have donated blood, or for other causes.

Related Resources:

Ferritin Lab Tests Online)

For more information:

Go to the Hemochromatosis health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Mark   Wurster, MD Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University