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Thalassemia - Diagnosis

​Initial screening for thalassaemia involves blood tests such as 

  • Full blood count to look for low haemoglobin level and other abnormal red cell features 
  • Haemoglobin electrophoresis and HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) to detect abnormal types of haemoglobin or abnormal proportions
  • Genetic testing, especially for confirming α thalassaemia trait.

Thalassemia - Preparing for surgery

Thalassemia - Post-surgery care