Morphologic consultation for peripheral blood and bone marrow disorders, as well as a variety of other diagnostic assays are available. We also provide facilities for the diagnosis of hereditary disorders that principally affect erythrocytes.
Example disorders include:
- Hereditary hemolytic disorders
- Methemoglobinemia or sulfhemoglobinemia
The Metabolic Hematology Laboratory:
- Performs approximately 20,000 tests annually for hemoglobin variants or thalassemias
- Has an extensive library of hemoglobin variants for purpose of comparison with specimens received
- Accepts specimens for measurement of hemoglobin-O2 affinity (dissociation curve)
- Performs assays of nearly all the erythrocyte enzymes that have been described as being abnormal in patients with hereditary hemolytic anemia
- Performs osmotic fragility studies
- Performs measurement of methemoglobin and sulfhemoglobin, methemoglobin reductase (cytochrome B5 reductase, NADH-diaphorase), plasma hemoglobin, and methemalbumin
Our medical staff welcomes telephone consultation concerning hereditary disorders of the erythrocyte and iron deficiency.