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Comment & Response
December 17, 2014

Causes of Ferritin Elevation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry and Hematology, Academic Hospital of Parma, Parma, Italy
JAMA. 2014;312(23):2572. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14961

To the Editor Drs VanWagner and Green1 analyzed the case of a 46-year-old man with inflammatory arthritis presenting with an elevated ferritin level of 2556 μg/L. Of the potential causes of ferritin elevation, the authors primarily considered hereditary hemochromatosis, which was the final diagnosis, as well as excess iron supplementation, frequent blood transfusions, obesity, alcohol consumption, hematologic disorders, and inflammatory arthritis.

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