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What causes Still's disease?

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Dr. Indranil Ghosh

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Posted on Sat, 17 Sep 2016 in Cancer
Question: My granddaughter was diagnosed with Still's Disease last month. She was in the hospital for more than 3 weeks due to pain and swelling of her joints. She has been out of the hospital for a week. Her last blood tests last week were fine except for Ferritin of >2200. How significant or serious is this?
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
not of great significance

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for your query.

Ferritin high can signify two things, iron overload or a chronic inflammation. In her case, iron overload is not likely as she must have not received prolonged iron supplements or many blood transfusions. So it is likely a marker of ongoing inflammation due to still's disease.

It is likely to come down over the next few months as the disease gets controlled.

Hope this helps.
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