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Dr. P. Jyoti, Consultant MD
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good day i am really worried at the moment i am stressed

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good day
i am really worried at the moment i am stressed because a few weeks ago my husband was diagnosed with bell.s palsy and he was treated with methycorbal 500mg 3 times a day until today with cortizone, he went for blood tests recently and the results showed that his ferritin level is 1130 and that his esr level is 115 does this mean he has an infection of some kind please tell me that it not cancer i will really freak out
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.
Hello,

I can appreciate your concern.

You need not worry about cancer just from these two reports.

Ferritin and ESR are raised in a large number of conditions. The most likely cause is inflammation. As your husband already had an episode of Bell's palsy, he has already had an inflammatory process. So this is likely to be the cause.

Any iron overload disorder can cause raised ferritin, such as hemochromatosis or hemosiderosis. Adult-onset Still's disease, some porphyrias, etc.

Liver disorders can also cause this.

It is only when all these are excluded that we might come to think of cancer. So definitely cancer is not at all to be thought of at this stage.

Acute inflammation is the most likely cause, and the raised ESR supports it. At the moment, the only thing necessary would be a repeat test after 6 weeks. If it is still high then, and the ESR has returned to normal, then tests for iron overload disorders must be done.

Discuss this with your doctor.


Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health and a quick recovery.

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Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.
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