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Author Topic: New here, Dr follow up questions  (Read 683 times)
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« on: August 12, 2017, 12:21:54 PM »

Hi there!  I was recently diagnosed with Alpha by my functional/integrative doctor due to bloodwork but he has no experience with this so I am not quite sure my next steps.  Should I see a hematologist?  A genetic counselor?  I have two kiddos who I know need to get tested too.  I tried searching on here but it was a lot to sort through and couldn't quite get an answer. 

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2017, 08:02:40 PM »

If alpha is suspected in an adult, it will usually require a DNA analysis to confirm and diagnose the exact status. The children were likely tested at birth, so it should be in their newborn records. A newborn electrophoresis will show hemoglobin barts when alpha carriers are first born. This fades after birth. A hematologist would be able to order the test and explain the results.


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