Path to Hb + Th Diagnosis
Our service is an excellent option for the identification of Hemoglobinopathies and Thalassemias (Hb + Th) in at-risk patients showing specific clinical symptoms or for an individual or family member who has a family history of Hemoglobinopathies.
Testing is fast and safe using Dried Blood Spot (DBS) cards. This simple and minimally invasive technique supplies enough samples for biochemical testing and in most cases genetic confirmation testing as well.
Available biochemical tests:
Variants and levels
Available genetic tests:
|Gene||Associated disease(s)||OMIM #||Inheritance|
|HBA1, HBA2||Erythrocytosis, 7||141800, 141850|
|Heinz body anemias, alpha-||AD|
|Hemoglobin H disease, nondeletional|
|Methemoglobinemia, alpha type|
|Heinz body anemia||AD|
|Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin||AD|
|Methmoglobinemia, beta type|
|Sickle cell anemia||AR|
|Thalassemia-beta, dominant inclusion-body|
|Malaria, resistance to|
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- HPLC and biochemical assay by Clinical Mass Spectrometry.
- Genetics by Next-Generation Sequencing platform.
What are Hemoglobinopathies?
Hemoglobinopathies are a group of genetic disorders that affect red blood cells. These disorders are caused by a genetic mutation affecting the function of hemolgobin. There are two primary groups:
- Thalassemia syndromes – Mutations affecting the synthesis of hemoglobin resulting in reduced globin chain production. The main types of thalassemia are α-thalassemia and
- Structural hemoglobin variants – Mutations affecting the structure of hemoglobin causing abnormal hemoglobin shape and function. Main structural hemoglobin variants (e.g. HbS, HbC, HbD, HbE) in homozygous and co-inherited form can lead to clinically relevant symptoms.
What are the affects of Hemoglobinopathies?
There are hundreds hemoglobinopathy variants with widely varying clinical symptoms from no clear illness to mild anemia progressing to severe hematological disease.
Individuals with a family history of hemoglobinopathies should consider genetic testing.
How to Order Hemoglobinopathy and Thalassemia Diagnostic Services
Our Diagnostic Services for Hemoglobinopathies and Thalassemia include biochemical testing for several hemoglobinopathy variants as well as any necessary genetic molecular analysis.
All of our services are available to any interested physician or healthcare professional worldwide.
As part of our diagnostic services, we supply complimentary ARCHIMEDlife sampling kits. You can order your sampling kits and diagnostic services though our easy and secure WEBPORTAL and receive your eletronic medical report in five simple steps.
Five Simple Steps
1Order Sampling Kit
2Collect the Sample
3Register the DBS Card
4Return the Sample
5Receive your Report