The ferritin is that high? Really?

Today at Parkland Morning Report we discussed the appropriate work up of an elevated ferritin and potential etiologies. Below is a link to an article from The Journal of Hepatology by Dr. Adams and Dr. Barton, “A diagnostic approach to hyperferritinemia with a non-elevated transferrin saturation.”

Key Points:

  • Elevated ferritin is due to iron overload or a release of iron/ferritin due to inflammation.
  • Transferrin saturation is another important lab measurement in working up elevated ferritin levels. It can help distinguish an iron overload etiology versus inflammation.

http://www.journal-of-hepatology.eu/article/S0168-8278%2811%2900188-7/pdf