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Elevated blood serum ferritin levels after hip replacement surgery. What does it mean?

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Hello I had a hip replacement operation 8 weeks ago and have just had some blood test results which show that my blood serum feriritin is 217 ng/ml. Can you advise me what this means please
Posted Sun, 7 Apr 2013 in Blood Disorders
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 15 minutes later

Thank you for the query.

Ferritin is a protein which stores iron and releases it when its needed for hemoglobin production. It gets increased when there is inflammatory process present or when the body has too much iron.
Your level is only slightly above the norm what most likely does not indicate any disease. I suggest you to have CRP level and iron level checked(TIBC) to discriminate between an inflammation (CRP will be also increased) or iron overload.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
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When you say inflammatory process present what do you mean? Can this indicate that I have an infection of the wound area as it is very sensitive?
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 1 hour later
By inflammatory I mean every possible inflammation in the whole body. Cant tell exact localisation as this proteins level(CRP and Ferritine) rises with every inflammation. It can be simple throat infection, like I have mentioned before, your ferritine level is only slightly elevated and does not have to indicate any pathology.

Hope this will help.
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