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Ferritin Blood Test (cont.)

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What does a low ferritin level mean?

Low levels of ferritin are seen in iron deficiency. Without enough iron, the body cannot produce sufficient levels of hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells that allows them to carry oxygen. Iron deficiency anemia is the result. Mild anemia may not produce symptoms at all. More serious cases of anemia can produce symptoms such as:

  • shortness of breath,
  • fatigue,
  • dizziness,
  • pale skin, and
  • fast heartbeat.

Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine


Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008. Ferritin. Ferritin.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/24/2014

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