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Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: Ferritin is the major intracellular iron storage protein in mammals, and it's measurement offers the best non-invasive test for iron deficiency. Serum ferritin has been shown to correlate well with total body stores in normal subjects and in patients with iron deficiency or transfusion iron overloads, and is thus considered to be a satisfactory index of body iron status. Serum ferritin concentrations are high at birth, but fall during the first few months and remain low in childhood. In healthy adults the level varies with age and gender. 

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Clear - Plain;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Fast for 12 hours before the test; in this case, only water is permitted.
Maximum add on time
5 days (B12 and Folate less than 32 hours)
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
RR for Males and Female
less than 15days - 100 - 717 ug/L
15dys to less than 6mths - 14 - 647 ug/L
6mths to less than 1yr - 8 - 182 ug/L
1yr to less than 5yrs - 5 - 100 ug/L
5yrs to less than 14yrs - 14 - 79 ug/L
RR for Female - 14yrs to less than 19yrs - 6 to 67 ug/L
RR for Male - 14yrs to less than 16yrs - 13 - 83 ug/L
RR for Male - 16yrs to less than 19yrs - 11 - 172 ug/L
RR for Female - 19yrs & above - 15-200 ug/L
RR for Male - 19yrs & above - 15-300 ug/L
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Last updated: 03-05-2024