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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Ferritin, Blood

Clinical Significance

Ferritin is a high-molecular weight iron-containing protein that functions in the body as an iron storage
compound. Measuring serum ferritin have significantly advanced the ability to detect iron deficiency and overload. Since iron deficiency is present before the onset of anemia, detection of an iron depleted state is important for the control of nutritional anemia. The clinical assessment of iron stores has historically relied on the determination of serum iron, total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) and percent transferrin (ratio of serum iron and TIBC) or direct examination of bone marrow.

Test Name

Ferritin, Blood

Test Code

FER

Division

Biochemistry - Biochemistry

Method

Abbott Ci4100

External Proficiency Testing

CAP
QMPLS

Turn Around Time

Monday to Friday

Specimen Type

Serum, Lithium Heparin / Tripotassium EDTA

Minimum Specimen Requirements

150 uL

Storage/Transportation

Frozen

Approval is not required

CPT Codes

82728

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212

Reference Range

4 - <15 days : 223.7 - 1611.1 µg/L (Male & Female)
15 d - < 6 months : 31.4 - 1454.3 µg/L (Male & Female)
6 m - < 1 year : 18.8 - 408.8 µg/L  (Male & Female)
1 - < 5 years : 11.8 - 224.4 µg/L  (Male & Female)
5 - <14 years : 30.7 - 177.0 µg/L  (male & Female)
14 - <19 years : 12.3 - 177.0 µg/L  (Female)
14 - <16 years : 28.1 - 186.1 µg/L  (Male)
16 - < 19 years : 25.0 - 386.3 µg/L (Male)