Hemoglobin C (Hb-C Qualitative)
The Hemoglobin C (Hb-C) Qualitative test is a laboratory test used to diagnose a genetic condition called hemoglobin C disease. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. In people with hemoglobin C disease, the hemoglobin molecule is altered, leading to the production of hemoglobin C.
The Hb-C Qualitative test is used to detect the presence of hemoglobin C in a person's blood. The test works by exposing a sample of the person's blood to special chemicals that cause hemoglobin C to form a characteristic pattern. The presence of this pattern indicates the presence of hemoglobin C and a diagnosis of hemoglobin C disease.
Hemoglobin C disease is a mild form of sickle cell disease, a genetic condition in which the hemoglobin molecule is altered, leading to the production of sickle-shaped red blood cells. People with hemoglobin C disease typically have fewer symptoms and a milder course of the disease compared to people with sickle cell anemia.
The Hb-C Qualitative test is usually done as part of a screening for sickle cell disease or as part of a comprehensive evaluation for anemia. The results of the test, along with a person's clinical symptoms and other factors, can help healthcare providers diagnose and manage hemoglobin C disease and other types of sickle cell disease.
Frequently ordered together
HEMOGLOBIN AND HEMATOCRIT-HGB and HCT
Hemoglobin A (Hb A)
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