Published: 1 August 2016
Author(s): Jecko Thachil
Issue: August 2016
Section: Letter to the Editor

It is well-known that serum ferritin levels increase as an acute phase reactant. In patients who have infections or inflammatory states, the levels of ferritin can go up several-fold. However, what has not been understood is why this phenomenon occurs, if it has any physiological basis and if this evolutionary mechanism is of benefit to the host?

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