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ScotCharles
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Ferritin as a predictor of HIV mortality?
      #192025 - 05/18/06 10:21 AM

As I have posted my ferritin levels have increased from 424 to 724 in five months, a nearly exponential rate of increase. I test positive as a carrier of the hemochromotosis gene, but I do not have the gene on both chromosomes, so I shouldn't get hemochromostosis.

In studies conducted as far back as 1992, ferritin was identified as an important factor in judging the level of the immune response. A recent study (2004) found that high levels of serum ferritin had a high correlation with HIV mortality regardless of viral load and CD4 count.

It seems that ferritin effects the ability of certain white blood cells to fight infection. I have always wondered, as have my doctors, why I came down with PCP when my CD4s were at nearly 400, maybe ferritin is a clue.

I am getting ready for a visit with my liver specialist on Monday and have been reading up on HIV and ferritin. Most of the chemistry eludes me, I confess. Has anyone experience with this?

Ferritin is also a predictor of B cell production, a marker for leukemia; and, certain liver disorders.

I am certain that Dr. Edelman, my liver specialist, will just want to monitor the situation for a while longer. Meanwhile, my joints are killing me, my skin is turning an interesting shade of bronze (quite attractive on me I am told), and I feel as though I am seizing up like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.

Wonderfully, my hair has taken on a Hugh Grant look, that I love.

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Re: Ferritn as a predictor of HIV mortality? new
      #192097 - 05/18/06 02:38 PM

hep c can cause high ferritin levels

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Re: Ferritn as a predictor of HIV mortality? new
      #192107 - 05/18/06 03:17 PM

I test neg for Hep C, but thanks for the post.

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