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How do they test for hemolysis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Several labs

An elevated reticulocyte count or seeing numerous young red cells on a smear is a tipoff to hemorrhage or hemolysis in a patient.
I recommend against haptoglobin or free hemoglobin tests. Coombs test picks up immune sensitization & there are a host of others. There are other situations, such as the blood bank, where other tests work.

In brief: Several labs

An elevated reticulocyte count or seeing numerous young red cells on a smear is a tipoff to hemorrhage or hemolysis in a patient.
I recommend against haptoglobin or free hemoglobin tests. Coombs test picks up immune sensitization & there are a host of others. There are other situations, such as the blood bank, where other tests work.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Hemolysis

1st is to repeat the test.
2nd is to look at a peripheral blood smear.

In brief: Hemolysis

1st is to repeat the test.
2nd is to look at a peripheral blood smear.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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