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Low Ferritin, Normal Iron

My Ferritin tested low (18) and iron is normal (>100) with high/normal IBC.  Can this level of Ferritin cause diffuse hair loss/shedding?  I've lost about 1/2 of my hair over the past year, and I'm a young female.  What would cause the Ferritin to be low but normal iron levels, is this the first stage of Anemia?
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A low serum iron and ferritin with an elevated TIBC are diagnostic of iron deficiency. The most important lab value is a low serum ferritin, which reflects body stores of iron.  (The gold standard is a bone marrow biopsy showing low iron stores, but a biopsy is not necessary in most cases.)  Your Fe (iron) level could be normal because of early iron deficiency, which is most likely in your case as your doctor explained to you or because other inflammatory processes are going on in your body, since Fe (iron) levels are also an acute phase reactant.

Hair loss can occur with anemia.  Also I'm sure your thyroid has been checked as that can cause hair loss too.  Also telogen effluvium can occur months after a pregnacy or stressful event.
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