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Ferritin is the main storehouse of iron in the body. It releases iron gradually for the general needs of the body and the necessary synthesis of hemoglobin - blood.

The measurement of ferritin is a part of the preventive Check Up for all ages to assess the adequate intake of iron, and the detection of possible malabsorption diseases or those presenting with blood loss:

  • Food low in Ferrum
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (celiac disease, gastritis, ulcer, gastric bypass, medications, etc.)
  • Increased needs (pregnancy, childhood, sports - physical exertion)
  • Increased losses (fibroids, bowel cancers - gynecological, etc.)

Indications of long-term iron deficiency and the urgent need to measure ferritin are:

  1. Anemia symptoms such as looking pale, fatigue, weakness, headaches, feeling cold, shortness of breath on muscle exertion
  2. Hair loss, brittle nails

There is also a need to measure the toxic load from iron that shows symptoms:

  1. fatigue, loss of sexual desire
  2. Joint pain, stomach pain
  3. Liver disease, heart problems

Ferritin measurement is necessary periodically to assess the effectiveness of iron treatments or taking iron-rich supplements (eg echinacea).

Simple blood collection at any time of the day, without preparing food or avoiding medication

In case of fever, common cold, or acute phase inflammation (e.g. teeth-urinary tract infection), a period of 1 week should pass without symptoms before the measurement.

  1. The result is available the next working day.
  2. Possibility of urgent response in about 1 hour

The cost of a single test (Ferritin) is 13 euros.

The examination is prescribed at the EOPYY**, with the participation of the examinee as defined in the referral (15%, unless otherwise stated)

*A 25% discount applies when participating in Check Up

**In our center we have doctors with the right to prescribe EOPYY prescriptions

Information selected - indicative with sources: Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests - J.Wallach and

The choice and explanation of the use of the analysis is the exclusive responsibility of your doctor

Edited by : Ioannis Grattisia Head of Laboratory / MSc Clinical Biochemistry - Molecular Biology

April 2019

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