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Low Ferritin, High Iron

A doctor diagnosed me with low iron based on a ferritin number of 10 ng/ml.  I went to another doctor who checked my serum iron and it was 43 μmol/L (high).  I have never took any iron pills in between these two tests, which were seperated by 3 weeks.  

Questions:

Do I have high or low iron?
Should I take an iron supplment?
What could cause low ferritin but high serum iron?

Thanks.
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The iron tests may suggest an iron deficinecy.

Further evaluation should be done with a blood count and stool tests/colonoscopy to exclude a GI source of bleeding.

I cannot give treatment recommendations without examining you, and thus cannot comment on the iron supplement.

I am not aware of a disease that combines a low ferritin and elevated serum iron.  the ferritin would tend to be the most specific test for iron deficiency.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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