Check the level of Ferritin – FER – in blood to verify the iron stores.
The FER screening should be performed by all the pregnant women and regularly by all anaemic people with healthy lifestyle.
WHY SHOULD I PERFORM THE TEST?
The Ferritin level in blood gives is useful in detecting iron store depletion as the concentration drops to very low values. As iron deficiency develops, iron stores are depleted before anaemia becomes apparent. Checking the normality of the FER value is a very good tool for verifying the iron deficiency anaemia and eventually taking the required preventive actions.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The test is based on an immunochromatographic reaction correlated to the reference laboratory test. The cut-off is calibrated at 20 ng/mL according to the international standard.