Haptoglobin test is performed to check for deficiency of red blood cells in the patient’s bloodstream.
What is Haptoglobin?
Haptoglobin is a blood test which helps in diagnosing and evaluating hemolytic anemia (destruction of red blood cells). Haptoglobin is a protein produced in the liver that is responsible for cleaning the hemoglobin.
Why is Haptoglobin Suggested?
Haptoglobin is generally suggested when the patient is showing the following symptoms
- Prolonged jaundice
How is Haptoglobin performed?
Haptoglobin test is a quite simple test.
- The arm of the patient is cleaned with a germ-killing solution.
- 5ml blood is drawn.
- Sample is then sent to lab for further testing.
- Patient will receive the test results after a period of time.
What are parameters measured in Haptoglobin
Haptoglobin test measures the levels of Haptoglobin in the bloodstream.
Preparation before Haptoglobin
Haptoglobin is a safe procedure. No special preparation required for the test. Patients have to schedule the test beforehand.
- Inform your doctor if you are on any medication or have any underlying medical condition.
- Try and tell the doctor all the symptoms.
Post-care after Haptoglobin
Haptoglobin test doesn’t require any post care.
- The patient is free to go home after they have given the sample for Haptoglobin.
- You may rest for some time.
Sample types in Haptoglobin
- Several blood samples at different time intervals.
Side-effects of Haptoglobin
Haptoglobin test is a safe procedure. Some common risks are
- For people who are scared of injections, this can be a painful process.
- Risk of infection (from where the skin is broken).
- Fainting or feeling lightheaded.
- Accumulation of blood under the skin.