Test Overview – This blood test checks for an abnormal haemoglobin variant that may indicate a genetic disorder – thalassemia. The three main forms of thalassemia checked here are alpha thalassemia, beta thalassemia, and thalassemia minor.

When is it recommended? – Anytime

Diagnostic ailment – Thalassemia, genetic haemoglobin disorder

Significance – This test checks for the presence of an inherited blood disorder, thalassemia, for early diagnosis and treatment.

What does the test result mean? – The blood sample is looked at under a microscope. An abnormal shape in the red blood cell can signify thalassemia. Treatment is decided based on the nature of the condition.

Special Instructions – In case of a family history of thalassemia, be sure to get this test done regularly for early diagnosis.