Ferritin in Iron Metabolism

Diagnosis of Anemias

  • Manfred Wick
  • Wulf Pinggera
  • Paul Lehmann
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Manfred Wick, Wulf Pinggera, Paul Lehmann
    Pages 1-2
  3. Manfred Wick, Wulf Pinggera, Paul Lehmann
    Pages 3-17
  4. Manfred Wick, Wulf Pinggera, Paul Lehmann
    Pages 18-30
  5. Manfred Wick, Wulf Pinggera, Paul Lehmann
    Pages 31-57
  6. Manfred Wick, Wulf Pinggera, Paul Lehmann
    Pages 58-88
  7. Manfred Wick, Wulf Pinggera, Paul Lehmann
    Pages 89-98
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 99-115

About these proceedings


Disturbances of iron metabolism, particularly iron deficiency, are among the most commonly overlooked or misinterpreted diseases. This is due to the fact that the determination of transport iron in serum or plasma, which used to be the test in conventional diagnosis, does not allow a representative estimate of the body’s total iron reserves. A proper estimate was formerly possible only by the costly and invasive determination of storage iron in the bone marrow, however, sensitive, well-standardized immuno-chemical methods for the precise determination of the iron storage protein ferritin in plasma are now available. Since the secretion of this protein correctly reflects the iron stores in the majority of cases, these methods permit fast and reliable diagnosis, particularly of iron deficiency conditions. The fact that iron deficiency is so common and is usually simple to treat ought to be well known in the medical world. Even non-iron-determined causes of anemia can now be identified rapidly by highly sensitive, well standardized immuno-chemical methods. This book is intended to contribute to a better understanding of the main pathophysiological foundations and diagnostic principles.


Clinical Chemistry Hematology Hämatologie Klinische Chemie Labor-Medizin Laboratory Medicine Preventive Medicine Präventivmedizin Sportmedizin Sports Medicine

Authors and affiliations

  • Manfred Wick
    • 1
  • Wulf Pinggera
    • 2
  • Paul Lehmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Clinical Chemistry, Klinikum GrosshadernUniversity of MunichGermany
  2. 2.Medical DepartmentGeneral HospitalAmstettenAustria
  3. 3.Boehringer Mannheim GmbHMannheimGermany

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