Several reasons for ferritin test include diagnose a medical condition – if the proportion of red blood cells to the fluid component in your blood or hematocrit is low and if your hemoglobin or oxygen-carrying protein in your red blood cells are low because these may indicate that you have iron-deficiency anemia and may even check if you have restless legs syndrome.
This test can also help in diagnosing liver diseases, hemochromatosis, and adult Still’s disease. This test may be done in conjunction with transferring test, iron test and total iron-binding capacity (TIBC), to monitor a medical condition – such as hemosiderosis or hemochromatosis.
3 Potential Risks
There is very small chance of potential risks that you can encounter having a blood sample taken to form a vein such as:
you may get a bruise on the area where the needle is inserted
the vein may become swollen but this is very rare (phlebitis), you may put warm compress in the affected area
ongoing bleeding for people with bleeding disorders
4 Preparing for your Procedure
You can eat and drink in preparing for the test if your blood sample is being tested only for ferritin but if your blood sample will be used for additional tests you have to ask your doctor if you need to fast for a certain amount of time or if there are restrictions before the test.
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