Did you receive abnormal results on your CBC (Complete Blood Count) and wonder what your next step is? Or maybe you are experiencing symptoms such as weakness or fatigue that may be associated with anemia? Personalabs has the answer- a HemoglobinopathyProfile.
A Hemoglobinopathy Profile is used to detect abnormalities in the structure of the hemoglobin, which is a protein found in red blood cells. The hemoglobin is responsible for carrying oxygen to other parts of the body. Hemoglobinopathies are single-gene disorders that are inherited by one affected parent and usually exists in every generation of the family.
A Hemoglobinopathy Profile is often ordered as part of a prenatal screening, especially for those who are at higher risk and have a family history of hemoglobin abnormalities. It is usually ordered when CBC results come back abnormal. It also may be ordered when symptoms such as weakness and fatigue, jaundice and pale skin are present. This could lead to hemolytic anemia, which is condition where the red blood cells are destroyed and removed from the bloodstream earlier than normal. Sickle cell anemia, a more severe form of hemoglobinopathies can result in more serious symptoms such as severe pain, shortness of breath and a swollen spleen.
Personalabs offers a Hemoglobinopathy Profile that includes relative percentages of hemoglobins, a hemoglobin solubility, as well as an interpretation for only $74. Find out the status of your red blood cells today!