Ferritin

Description: 
The Architect ferritin assay is a chemiluminescent microparticle intrinsic factor for the quantitative determination of ferritin in human serum or plasma.
Clinical details: 
Ferritin is a ubiquitous intracellular protein that stores iron and releases it in a controlled fashion. About teo-thirds of the iron stores in the human body exist in the form of ferritin. The clinical assessment of iron stores has clinically relied on the determination of serum iron, total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) and percent transferrin (ratio of serum iron and TIBC) or direct examination of bone marrow. Recent literature suggests that ferritin provides a more sensitive, specific and reliable measurement for determining iron deficiency at an early stage.
Reference range: 

22-275

Synonyms or keywords: 
iron storage protein
Units: 
ug/L
Sample type and Volume required: 
SST
Call in advance: 
No
Turnaround time: 
Samples processed daily between Mon-Friday (9am-5pm).
Storage and transport: 
separated serum may be shipped frozen on dry ice
Contacts:
Nutristasis Unit at St Thomas'
0207188 6815 / 89543
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 4th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH

Laboratory opening times
Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015