Ferritin as a functional biomarker of iron status in children and young adults

Corey Markus, Ben Saxon, Michael Metz

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Abstract

Iron deficiency (ID) is a common micronutrient deficiency in infants and young children and is of global public health significance. Its diagnosis relies on accurate measurement of serum ferritin (Bailey et al, 2015). The paediatric age-specific lower reference limit for ferritin has been variably reported between 5 and 20 μg/l and is generally based on the diagnosis of anaemia rather than ID (Domellöf et al, 2002; The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-642
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Volume184
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ferritin
  • functional biomarker
  • Iron status
  • children
  • young adults
  • Iron deficiency
  • Anaemia

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