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Why would a ferritin level be lower than hemaglobin?

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Why would a ferritin level be lower than hemaglobin ?
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 12 months ago.

They are measuring totally different things

ferritin could be lower in severe iron deficiency anemia

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Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Well hemaglobin is 10.6 and ferritin is 8 . Im wondering what these can mean .Hemaglobin was 11.5 in 2013.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 12 months ago.
This means you are severely iron deficient
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
does
This mean bleeding?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

yes

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok is this a bad sign in your opinion ?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

Not necessarily

many things can cause this

it isn't always bad like cancer

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thanks . Are stools usually black if bleefing was from say colon or stomach cancer ?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

black just indicates blood

can be from anything

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I
Ask because stills are not dark , is that a good thing as could be no internal bleeding in the gut ?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

yes it is

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I meant stools are not dark
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

I know

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok . Does that mean no internal bleed in the gut?Or can u still have bleed?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

you can still have a bleed

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok, but would colon or stomach cancers leak blood into stool ?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

yes, but sometimes it is microscopic

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok thanks for all your help .