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Lab Dept:

Chemistry

Test Name:

FERRITIN

General Information

Lab Order Codes:

FERI

Synonyms:

N/A

CPT Codes:

82728 - Ferritin

Test Includes:

Ferritin concentration reported in ng/mL.

Logistics

Test Indications:

Ferritin, the major iron storage compound, provides a tissue reserve of iron readily available for formation of hemoglobin and other heme proteins. Measurement of serum ferritin is valuable in distinguishing iron deficiency anemias caused by low iron stores, from those resulting from inadequate iron utilization.

Lab Testing Sections:

Chemistry (all specimens tested on the St. Paul campus)

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

1 – 3 days, test performed Monday – Friday.

Special Instructions:

N/A

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Blood

Container:

Red top (plain, no gel) tube

Draw Volume:

1.5 mL (Minimum: 0.6 mL) blood

Processed Volume:

0.5 mL (Minimum: 0.2 mL) serum

Collection:

Routine venipuncture

Special Processing:

Lab Staff: Centrifuge specimen, remove serum aliquot into a plastic sample cup. Store at refrigerated temperatures for up to 7 days.

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Mislabeled or unlabeled specimen; specimens other than serum; gross hemolysis

Interpretive

Reference Range:

Age:

Males:

Females:

Range (ng/mL):

Range (ng/mL):

0 - 1 month:

25 – 200 ng/mL

25 – 200 ng/mL

1 – 2 months:

200 – 600 ng/mL

200 – 600 ng/mL

2 – 6 months:

50 – 200 ng/mL

50 – 200 ng/mL

6 months – 15 years:

7 – 142 ng/mL

7 – 142 ng/mL

>16 years:

22 – 322 ng/mL

10 – 291 ng/mL

Critical Values:

N/A

Limitations:

Ferritin levels are falsely elevated with inflammation, tissue destruction, liver disease, malignancy and iron therapy. Heterophile antibodies may interfere with immunoassay tests.

Methodology:

Two-site Immunoassay/Chemiluminescence

References:

DPC End User Procedure Manual Disk #0408111 (2005)

Siemens Immulite Ferritin Product Insert (7/29/2008) PIL2KFE-14

National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) (2002) Clinical Laboratory Technical Procedure Manuals; Approved Guideline-Fourth Edition GP2-A4

Biorad Immunoassay Plus Control Product Insert

Burtis, CA, Ashwood, ER, Bruns, DE, ed (2006) Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics. 4th Edition, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders



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