Ordering Recommendation

Aid in the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia and iron overload. Monitor iron status.

Mnemonic
FERITN
Methodology

Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Within 24 hours

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Serum separator tube. Also acceptable: Plasma separator tube, lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or green (sodium or lithium heparin).

Specimen Preparation

Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions

Grossly hemolyzed specimens.

Remarks
Stability

After separation from cells: Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: 3 months

Reference Interval

At birth, ferritin levels average 100 ng/mL and rise to a peak of about 350 ng/mL at one month. During the next five months, ferritin levels fall to about 30 ng/mL (Blood 43:581, 1974).

Age:
Male:
Female:
0-6 months
7-35 months
3-14 years
15-19 years
20-29 years
30-39 years
40-49 years
50 years and older
6-400 ng/mL
12-57 ng/mL
14-80 ng/mL
20-155 ng/mL
38-270 ng/mL
48-420 ng/mL
30-490 ng/mL
30-530 ng/mL
6-430 ng/mL
12-60 ng/mL 
12-73 ng/mL
12-90 ng/mL
12-114 ng/mL
12-160 ng/mL
12-240 ng/mL
18-340 ng/mL

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

FDA

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

82728

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0070065 Ferritin 20567-4
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Aliases
  • Ferritin, Serum
  • Serum Ferritin
Ferritin