Diagnosis Of Thalassemia Minor Based On Laboratory Tests?
Good evening … r nHb I’m always low then I check the hb of electrophoresis … r nThe result: HB A 96.0 r nHB A2 4.0 r nHB F 0.0 r nHB S 0.0 r nHB E 0.0 r nFrom the reference values HB A and HB A2 my results are below normal … r n Can these results conclude that I am thalassemia minor? thank you
Thank you for the question.
Thalassemia is a blood disorder. Thalassemia is a hereditary disease characterized by lower hemoglobin and red blood cell counts than normal people. Thalassemia is divided clinically into 2, namely thalassemia major and thalassemia minor.
Thalassemia major or severe has prominent symptoms so that patients require routine blood transfusions. Thalassemia minor or mild is thalassemia whose symptoms are not so severe that the patient does not need any action. Thalassemia is divided into 2 types based on the genes that form it, namely alpha and beta thalassemia. In both thalassemia, there are major and minor.
Symptoms of thalassemia can include:
yellow on the skin and eyes
stunted body growth
swollen and hard stomach
lack of red blood cells
Doctors can make a diagnosis of thalassemia based on:
routine blood tests: hemoglobin, forms red blood cells
iron levels in the blood
occult blood test
The normal values for hemoglobin electrophoresis are:
if there is an increase in HbA2 without an increase in HbA and HbF, then you may have beta thalassemia minor. However, laboratory examination is a supporting examination. You still need other examinations with a doctor to diagnose this disease. Please consult an Internal Medicine Specialist for an interview and physical examination to make a definite diagnosis of your complaint.
dr. Kresnawati Wahyu Setiono