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Ferritin and Iron level...


Hi, I've had my "Normal" blood tests back.

To me, seem low, I'd like your input.

Thank you

Serum Ferritin 59ug/L

Serum Iron 11umol/L

Serum Foliate 7.7ug/L

Serum CRP 3.0mg/L

Serum Calcium 2.30mmol/L

Serum Albumin 44g/L

"" Sodium 141mmol/L

"" Potassium 4.7mmol/L

"" Creatinine 65umol/L

"" TSH level 2.7mu/L

Mean Platelet Volume 10.8fL.... ABNORMAL

Neutrophil count 1.90 10*9/L .... ABNORMAL

To be told normal results and see these flagged in bold capitals Abnormal is a tad disheartening!

From what I've read, my ferritin is low, what with my B12 deficiency and the low...ish Iron...

What do you think?

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Are you able to get the reference ranges for your test results? Every lab is a bit different so it helps to get the specific reference ranges from the lab that processed your tests.

This page may be helpful in understanding the MPV result: labtestsonline.org/understa...

"3. My report includes mean platelet volume (MPV) and platelet distribution width (PDW). What are they?

Mean platelet volume (MPV) and platelet distribution width (PDW) are calculations performed by automated blood analyzers. MPV reflects the average size of platelets present in a person's sample of blood while PDW reflects how uniform the platelets are in size. These calculations can give the doctor additional information about platelets and/or about the cause of a high or low platelet count. Larger platelets are usually relatively young and more recently released from the bone marrow, while smaller platelets may be older and have been in circulation for a few days.

A high number of large platelets (high MPV) in a person with a low platelet count suggests the bone marrow is producing platelets and releasing them into circulation rapidly. Conversely, the MPV may be low in people with low platelet counts due to a disorder affecting production by the bone marrow. A normal PDW indicates platelets that are mostly the same size, while a high PDW means that platelet size varies greatly, a clue that there may be a disorder affecting platelets.

Often, abnormal results will prompt additional testing. Under certain conditions, platelets may clump together and falsely appear to be low in number and/or large in size so a blood smear may be performed to examine platelets directly using a microscope."

Neutrophils are white blood cells. They are a vital part of the immune system and their numbers go up and down based on what your immune system is currently fighting. The fact that they were abnormal at the time you were tested might not mean very much. They might be perfectly normal now. You may want to focus more on the mean platelet volume result.

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