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What is the test for thalassemia?

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Testing

Patients are anemic (low hemoglobin), with small cells (microcytosis).
A hemoglobin electrophoresis confirms the diagnosis. These tests are done after a thorough history and physical exam including family history. There are other lab tests that may support the diagnosis as well.

In brief: Testing

Patients are anemic (low hemoglobin), with small cells (microcytosis).
A hemoglobin electrophoresis confirms the diagnosis. These tests are done after a thorough history and physical exam including family history. There are other lab tests that may support the diagnosis as well.
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Blood tests

Thalassemia is diagnosed by blood tests: routine blood counts, hemoglobin electrophoresis to find out the types of hemoglobin one has in one's blood, and dna analysis to try to see if certain mutations are present.

In brief: Blood tests

Thalassemia is diagnosed by blood tests: routine blood counts, hemoglobin electrophoresis to find out the types of hemoglobin one has in one's blood, and dna analysis to try to see if certain mutations are present.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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