It is important to determine whether elevated ferritin levels are associated with iron overload conditions, such as hereditary haemochromatosis, or other causes, such as liver or inflammation-related conditions.
- Ferritin, an iron storage protein, is critical to iron haemostasis. Its serum concentration closely reflects the body iron stores in the absence of inflammation.
- Alterations in ferritin level are seen commonly in clinical practice, often reflecting perturbations in iron homeostasis or metabolism.
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