Ferritin level: a predictor of severity and mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Moudhi Alroomi, Rajesh Rajan, Abdulaziz A. Omar, Ahmad Alsaber, Jiazhu Pan, Mina Fatemi, Kobalava D. Zhanna, Wael Aboelhassan, Farah Almutairi, Naser Alotaibi, Mohammad A. Saleh, Noor AlNasrallah, Bader Al-Bader, Haya Malhas, Maryam Ramadhan, Mohammed Abdullah, Hassan Abdelnaby

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This study aims to investigate in-hоsрitаl mоrtаlity in severe асute resрirаtоry syndrоme соrоnаvirus 2 (SАRS-СоV-2) раtients strаtified by serum ferritin levels. Patients were stratified based on ferritin level (ferritin levels ≤ 1000 or ferritin levels > 1000). Approximately 89% (118) of the patients with ferritin levels > 1000 had pneumonia, and 51% (67) had hypertension. Fever (97, 73.5%) and SOB (80, 61%) were two major symptoms among the patients in this group. Logistic regression analysis indicated that ferritin level (OR=0.36, 95% C.I. [0.21-0.62], p<0.001), male sex (OR=2.63, 95% C.I. [1.43-5.06], p=0.003), hypertension (OR=4.16, 95% C.I. [2.42-7.36], p<0.001) and pneumonia (OR=8.48, 95% C.I. [3.02-35.45], p<0.001) had significance in predicting in-hospital mortality. Additionally, the Cox proportional hazards analysis and Kaplan-Meier survival probability plot showed a higher mortality rate among patients with ferritin levels > 1000. In this study, higher levels of serum ferritin were found to be an independent predictor of in-hоsрitаl mоrtаlity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalImmunity, Inflammation and Disease
Early online date26 Aug 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Aug 2021


  • ferritin
  • COVID-19
  • in-hospital mortality
  • male sex
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • hypertension
  • pneumonia


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