Doctors prescribe a Ferritin test to check for abnormalities in your blood iron levels or hemoglobin levels.
Higher levels of iron or serum ferritin in your body may suggest
- Alcohol abuse
- Inflammation or certain infections
- Liver disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Certain cancers
- Genetic disorder like Hemochromatosis
- Adult onset Still’s disease
Lower levels of iron or serum ferritin in your body may suggest
- Diseases that affect iron absorption like celiac disease
- Blood loss as in stomach ulcers, cancers of the intestine, heavy menstrual periods
- Restless leg syndrome
- Still’s disease etc.
If you feel dizzy, weak, exhausted, look pale, or when you have a rapid heartbeat, your doctor will prescribe a Ferritin test to check for iron deficiency, anaemia or to check for abnormalities in your liver and thyroid levels.