Immunochromatographic strip test for the detection of alpha thalassaemia
Haematology - Special Tests
Samples required for full haemoglobinopathy/thalassaemia screening tests.
Adult specimen: 2 x 4mL EDTA
Paediatric specimen: 1 x 3mL EDTA; please not the alpha thalassaemia strip test is not suitable for testing cord blood or newborn samples
Delivery to lab: Ambient temperature, 4°C if overnight
Ambient (8 - 24 degrees Celsius)
If overnight - Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
Preferred aliquot 2 x 4mL EDTA whole blood. Minimum aliquot 2mL EDTA whole blood.
A positive result suggests carrier of alpha thalassaemia trait.
The sensitivity for the alpha thalassaemia screen is between 97% – 100%, depending on the genotype of the alpha thalassaemia trait.
Therefore a negative result does not exclude alpha thalassaemia trait.
Negative is a normal result.
The IC Strip Test for Alpha Thalassaemia detection uses an immunochromatogramatic assay to detect small amounts of Hb Barts.
$74.47 (Exclusive of GST)
Performed as part of a haemoglobinopathy/thalassaemia screen. Not performed as a stand alone test.
Samples may be referred for alpha globin gene deletion analysis if indicated.
Test Availability: Mon to Fri 0800 - 1700hrs
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