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    Old 03-17-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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    Iron levels going up, but Ferritin low?

    My iron levels have gone up over the year- from 11, to 33, to now 49 (norm is 40-150).

    I went to a new Dr and they tested my ferritin and it was only 5. I've never had this tested before, but does anyone know why it would be so low if my iron has been going up?

    Also my MCH and MCV were a little low and RDW was a little high.


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    Re: Iron levels going up, but Ferritin low?

    If I'm not mistaken, iron levels can go higher at the cost of Ferritin, thus making Ferritin go lower for some time until there's enough serum iron for Ferritin to be left alone.

    Ferritin seems to be quite "resistant" to treatment. I've experienced several times my iron levels increasing, while Ferritin remaining low. It appears that serum iron levels are easier to be replenished than tissue iron (ferritin).

    Your iron is at last getting into the range, so it will take time for Ferritin to start going up, too.

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