Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: high ferritin levels | iron | hemochromatosis | phlebotomy | chelating agents

The Dangers of High Ferritin

Thursday, 26 January 2012 09:44 AM

Question: I’ve been told by my doctor that I have high “ferritin levels.” He didn’t explain the condition very clearly. Can you tell me if it’s serious?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

High ferritin levels occur when there is too much iron in your body. This condition is called hemochromatosis. Normally small amounts of iron are stored in the liver and heart, but excess iron will eventually damage these organs. This condition could be genetic; do you have a close family member who also has this condition? Treatments are available, please ask your doctor about phlebotomy and chelating agents.

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