Hemoglobin is the iron-containing molecule found in red blood cells to which oxygen molecules bind to in order to be transported around the body. If the structure of the hemoglobin molecule is abnormal, oxygen is unable to bind and there is a shortage of oxygen delivery to the tissues. Hemoglobin electrophoresis is a test that measures different concentrations of the types of normal and abnormal hemoglobin. The results from this test can help to diagnose hemoglobin abnormality disorders, like sickle cell disease and thalassemia.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Hemolytic or other type of anemia
• Pain In the bones, joints, lungs, and stomach due to a sickle crisis
• Increased number and frequency of infections
• Coughing, chest pain, and fever
Also Known As: Thalassemia, Sickle Cell
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround for this test is typically 3-5 business days.