How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. D. Love Your Own Question

Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 17674
Experience:  Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
21597572
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. D. Love is online now

I am female my ferritin level is 427 first time shown up

Resolved Question:

I am female my ferritin level is 427 first time shown up could this be something I have eaten or something else
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
Yes, an elevated ferritin level could be due to a variety of conditions, but a full interpretation would involve consideration of the iron profile.
Was an iron profile also checked?
If so, do you have the results of the iron level, and percent saturation?
Are you having any symptoms or chronic medical problems?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

no my iron level was as above 427

I havent been feeling well had pains in my groins and constipation

I already had underactive thyroid

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
A ferritin is not an iron level. Ferritin is a protein that is involved in iron storage. An iron level and iron saturation would be other tests that would be a different value. If the 427 is the ferritin level, do you have a separate iron profile? If the 427 is the iron level, do you have a separate ferritin level?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I have just had bllod tests what would iron come under I dont live in England so the wording maybe not the same

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
An iron profile usually has three lab results - an iron level, a measure of how much iron the blood can carry, and a percent saturation. The amount of iron the blood can carry can be called several different things, such as iron binding capacity or transferrin level, but the iron level and percent iron saturation are usually called by these terms, and it is actually the percent saturation that is most important in this situation.

Do you see any results with these terms?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

no I dont do you think I, should ask for a iron profile?

What are the chances it could behemochromatosis

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
Yes, you need an iron profile, and it is the question of whether hemochromatosis could be present that is the reason that an iron profile is necessary.

As noted above, the ferritin is a protein that is involved in iron storage. It is a distinct protein than transferrin, the protein that is involved in carrying iron in the blood stream. However, both of these proteins have another characteristic in common, in that the levels of both proteins can increase as a generic response to infection or inflammatory conditions. There are actually many of these proteins that are collectively called acute phase proteins or acute phase reactants. So, when you ask whether the ferritin can be increased from other conditions, the answer is clearly yes, and there is a long list of infectious and inflammatory conditions that can do so.

So, the first step in analysis to differentiate whether the increase is due to a generic increase or because of increased iron stores, such as in hemochromatosis, involves a combined analysis with the iron profile. If the ferritin is elevated and the iron saturation is also elevated, then that is indicative of hemochromatosis. But if the ferritin is elevated and the transferrin is elevated, causing the iron saturation to be decreased, then that would indicate that the ferritin and transferrin are both increased as acute phase proteins.

Therefore, the next step would be to obtain an iron profile.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.
Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 17674
Experience: Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
Dr. D. Love and 2 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
< Previous | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Family Physician

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DO/DoctorRich/2012-9-12_72454_Doctorweb.64x64.jpg Dr. Natasha's Avatar

    Dr. Natasha

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    7887
    American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Ivy League trained
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrK99/newpic2.64x64.jpg Dr. K.'s Avatar

    Dr. K.

    Board Certified MD

    Satisfied Customers:

    255
    Board certified with experience in primary care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjtu60wne/2011-2-14_183449_passportphoto2.64x64.jpg docwithheart's Avatar

    docwithheart

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    0
    Board certified pediatrician, with special experience in general pediatrics, hospital pediatrics, and pediatric cardiology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    12373
    20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions