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My parents are both from greece and I have been offered a ''hemoglobin electrophoresis'' test. What is this?
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Dr. Anna Barbieri
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Blood test
Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells which carries oxygen.
Hemoglobin electrophoresis, a blood test, can determine if a person has an abnormal hemoglobin type or amount. Abnormalities in hemoglobin, more common in certain ethnic groups, can be associated with certain inherited types of anemia.

In brief: Blood test
Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells which carries oxygen.
Hemoglobin electrophoresis, a blood test, can determine if a person has an abnormal hemoglobin type or amount. Abnormalities in hemoglobin, more common in certain ethnic groups, can be associated with certain inherited types of anemia.
Dr. Anna Barbieri
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Check for thalassemi
The doctor is checking for thalassemia.
There is a type that is prevalent in mediterranean populations. Individuals may not have the mutation, may be a carrier, or be affected with the disease. They check this through a specialized blood test called hemoglobin electrophoresis in which abnormal hemoglobin molecules (due to the mutation) are detected.

In brief: Check for thalassemi
The doctor is checking for thalassemia.
There is a type that is prevalent in mediterranean populations. Individuals may not have the mutation, may be a carrier, or be affected with the disease. They check this through a specialized blood test called hemoglobin electrophoresis in which abnormal hemoglobin molecules (due to the mutation) are detected.
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
You want to know whether you're carrying thalassemia to plan for your own future family. For some people of Greek ancestry, carrying it is a stigma, but it's not a scientific problem unless both parents contribute one dose. Good luck.
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