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Low haptoglobin something to worry about

A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Workman
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes possible anemia: In blood, haptoglobin (HG) binds free hemoglobin (Hb) (released from red blood cells) with high affinity and thus inhibits its oxidative activity. The ... Read More
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
IncompleteQuestion: Low Haptoglobin if it is significantly decreased along with increased reticulocyte count and a decrease RBC count,hemoglobin and hematocrit ,then it i ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: If it is always low, it may be due to genetic variation. Haptoglobin deficiency is commoner is some groups, e.g. Japanese. If it became low suddenly, ... Read More

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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See answer: I answered you question in response to a duplicate posting.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Confirmation : Low haptoglobin confirms hemolysis, but it does not specify why the hemolysis is occurring. Additional would be needed. There are many causes for hem ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Unlikely: Haptoglobin isn't that useful a test -- a few percent of folks don't have any in the first place. Fatty liver is serious business -- if you're sober, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Not likely...: Read more at: http://www.ehealthme.com/ds/alcohol/haptoglobin%20decreased/
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: What you described suggests a compensated hemolytic process in which your red cells have a shortened life span. It is not feasible to provide a meanin ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
High haptoglobin is: Nonspecific. Probably just a marker of illness in general. In severe anemia oxygen delivery to tissue is compromised and lactate could rise.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Herrington
33 years experience Family Medicine
Monitor this: You need to continue follow-up with your doctor. Pathology may emerge over time, but many patients have slightly elevated lft's like yours, that never ... Read More
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