ALPHA THALASSEMIA - HBA1 GENE, HBA2 GENE - (B)
Test Code: MD
Hemoglobinopathy investigation is required prior or concurrently with molecular diagnostic testing. Testing is generally restricted to common deletions of the HBA1 and HBA2 genes. Testing is indicated for patients of reproductive age (15-45 years of age) that have low MCV and normal hemoglobin electrophoresis. Testing of children is restricted to medical geneticists and hematologists. For more information, see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1435/
Whole Blood: 8.0 mL
Pediatric Whole Blood: 3.0 mL
Keep specimen at room temperature. Pediatric volume for infants only. For prenatal diagnosis, contact laboratory for prior approval and to obtain specimen requirements.
An interpretive report from the referral laboratory will be forwarded to the physician.
Extracted DNA is forwarded to an out-of-province laboratory for testing, if approved. Turnaround time is estimated to be 8 to 10 weeks. Expedited turnaround time, where medically indicated, available upon request.
Do NOT centrifuge. Ship blood samples at room temperature to Health Sciences Centre - MS5. Extracted DNA will be forwarded for testing to a reference laboratory. Specimen sent for Molecular tests are not to be used for other tests (ie. CBC).