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Hemochromatosis

Climbing Ferritin Levels

08/21/2009

Question:

My ferritin was first tested 2 years ago and it was over 600. Last year it was over 700. This year its over 800. All other iron levels are normal. I do have arthritic inflammation in my body but this seems too high for that and regardless of the cause, the high ferritin levels can`t be good for my body. Is there something that I should be doing because my Dr. obviously doesn`t seem concerned by just checking it and watching it go up every year. Am I over reacting?

Answer:

Certainly inflammation can cause the problem, but if you are still concerned about hemochromatosis, there is actually a genetic assay now that can be done.  Please check with your doctor regarding this new test.

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Response by:

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