Hemoglobin Electrophoresis

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Last Updated: 02 May 2022

Hemoglobin electrophoresis is a blood test that measures different types of a protein called hemoglobin in your red blood cells. There are a number of reasons you might get one as an adult: You have symptoms of a blood disorder. Because of your race, you're at high risk for a blood disorder. Your child has a blood disorder. In this instance the test reveals medical professionals whether you've obtained enough normal hemoglobin from the new members. However you should tell your physician if you had a blood transfusion in the previous 12 weeks. If you have a blood disorder and what type of blood disorder it is, the test can aid your doctor figure out. These blood cells have a shorter life period that normal hemoglobin. That's where your red cell die earlier than they should. Abnormal hemoglobin can also signify other problems, like: Sickle cell disease. Normally, your blood cells are flat, rounded, and somewhat thinner at the center. They're tight and can get embeded small blood vessels so blood can not survive. African-Americans have a higher risk of sickle cell anemia than people of other races. African-Americans have a higher risk of hemoglobin C disease. If you have it, your body doesn't make adequate red cell or there isn't enough hemoglobin inside them. Relying on which sort of hemoglobin is affected, thalassemia can give you anemia that's mild, modest, or severe. People of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African descent are more likely to have thalassemia.

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