For the detection of a thalassaemia or abnormal haemoglobin.
For a thalassaemia/haemoglobinopathy screen for immigration purposes refer to Immigration Thalassaemia Screen.
Haematology - Special Tests
No iron treatment and/or blood transfusion in the preceding 3 months.
Sample 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 4.0mL EDTA whole blood minimum aliquot 2mL EDTA whole blood
The Special Haematology section uses a combination of tests to identify patients with abnormal haemoglobins and/or thalassaemia. Results from the individual tests, together with the patient’s CBC, iron studies, and molecular testing, are interpreted together to give an overall clinical diagnosis and/or recommendation.
See constituent tests
A haemoglobinopathy screen comprises of a combination of the following tests: Alpha thalassaemia screen, Hb A2, Hb F, Hb alkaline electrophoresis, Hb stability, Hb acid electrophoresis, Hb H stain, Heinz body stain, with each constituent priced individually. The combination of tests performed and the overall price varies depending on the abnormality detected.
If necessary the sample may be referred for alpha globin gene deletion analysis, globin gene sequencing or mass spectrometry analysis to confirm a diagnosis.
Test Availability Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1700