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what are the risks for the patient in undergoing a fetal hemoglobin test?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Fetal Hemoglobin: Some patients have a high level of fetal hemoglobin, for a number of potential reasons. The fetal hemoglobin does not cause any problem, but some blood diseases that are important to know, and potentially treat, such as sickle cell anemia, are important. The hemoglobin electrophoresis, the test for most of these issues, will help the hematologist if there is a problem and needs treatment.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Blood test: This is just a blood test. The risks are the same for any blood testing, such as bruising and the needle site.

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Does the fetal hemoglobin test have significant risks?

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Neonatology 39 years experience
No: It is simply a blood draw.

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