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Can low ferritin alone mean anemic ?my ferritin level is 12.

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Can low ferritin alone mean anemic ?my ferritin level is 12.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 1 year ago.

Dear customer,

What is your hemoglobin level?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
11.5 I'm aged 36
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Why would sometimes ferritin be low but not hemaglobin ?
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 1 year ago.

Dear customer,

What was microscopic blood picture? Do you have the peripheral blood smear findings?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nothing. They just told me take iron tablets . What is the peripheral blood smear?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is 12 low ferritin ?
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 1 year ago.

Dear customer,

Ferritin of 12 is normal in a female, though on the lower side of normal. The reference range in females is 11-306 ng/mL. However please check with the lab where you had the test done and what is their reference range.

Peripheral blood smear is the microscopic examination of the blood. In iron deficiency anemia the red blood cells are smaller in size when observed under the microscope.

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