1 SST/1.0 mL serum. After 30 minutes of clotting, promptly centrifuge and refrigerate.
Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen 1 year
Ferritin is the storage form of iron. Ferritin is found in serum in low concentrations and is directly proportional to the body’s iron stores. Serum ferritin concentrations, when analyzed with other factors such as serum iron, iron-binding capacity, and tissue iron stores, is valuable in the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemias, anemias of chronic infection, and conditions such as thalassemia and hemochromatosis that are associated with iron overload. Measurement of serum ferritin is particularly valuable in distinguishing iron-deficiency anemias caused by low iron stores from those resulting from inadequate iron utilization.