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Overview Brief

 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

  • Fatigue
  • Paleness
  • 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.

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