Basic ferritin content of red cells of patients with anemia and polycythemia vera.Pathology. 1984 Oct; 16(4):419-23.P
Basic ferritin content of red cells has been evaluated with a simplified assay in subjects with various erythroid disorders. In 39 patients with iron deficiency anemia, red cell ferritin was significantly reduced compared with that of normal individuals. Thirty percent of these patients had low normal red cell ferritin content and the MCV for this group was significantly higher than that of patients with reduced red cell ferritin. The mean red cell ferritin of 30 subjects with the anemia of chronic disease was significantly reduced and patients in this group with normal red cell ferritin had higher plasma ferritin levels. In 14 patients with polycythemia vera, the mean red cell ferritin was significantly reduced and showed a positive correlation with the hemoglobin level and percent transferrin saturation. The red cell ferritin content of 9 individuals with acquired immune hemolytic anemia and 10 with acquired sideroblastic anemia was significantly elevated and, in subjects with immune hemolysis, showed a positive correlation with the reticulocyte count. These findings suggest a lack of discriminatory function for red cell ferritin in iron deficiency anemia and anemia of chronic disease. Evaluation of this parameter in the individual patient should take into account the presence of reticulocytosis.