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Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT) - 000327View
Antinuclear Antibody Test (ANA)View
Blood Glucose Test - 000133View
CRP - 000103View
Dengue Antibody - 000650View
Dengue Antigen - 000651View
ESR - 000361View
Ferritin - 000117View
Full Blood Count - L00012View
Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) - 000377View
Hemoglobin Level - P00087View
HIV Antibody - 000683View
Iron - 000186View
Lipid Profile - P00048View
Liver Profile - P00026View
PT/INR - 000408View
Renal Profile - P00028View
Rh Factor - 000720View
Thyroid Profile - 000900View
Total Iron Binding Capacity - 000234View
Troponin I - 000242View
Troponin T - 000243View
Urine Culture and ABST - 000510View
Urine Full Report (UFR) - 000753View
Venereal Disease Research Laboratory Test (VDRL) - 000739View
Hemoglobin Level - P00087
Hemoglobin is a compound found within the red blood cells in our body, and it is this compound which carries oxygen from the lungs to all the other parts of our body through blood. The hemoglobin test helps us measure the amount of this compound present in the blood, allowing us to determine the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Hemoglobin levels can be checked as part of the full blood count test as well.
This test helps your doctor measure the level of hemoglobin present in the blood. Hemoglobin is a compound which is present in the red cells and is used as the transport medium for oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. There are conditions where you can have too little or too much of hemoglobin, which can easily be detected by doing this investigation.
If your doctor suspects that you might be suffering from a condition which results in abnormal levels of hemoglobin in your blood, then you will be requested to undergo this test. Too little hemoglobin in the blood is known as anemia and has many causative factors. Too much of hemoglobin can be due to causes like polycythemia Vera or even dehydration.
There are no special preparations that you have to make before you undergo this test.
During this, a Medical Lab Technician will draw out a small volume of blood, using a needle and syringe which is inserted into a vein in your arm. This blood sample is then sent to the lab for analysis.
Since this test is a simple drawing of blood, you will not feel a lot of discomfort. You might experience a mild pain on inserting the needle, but you will not experience any uneasiness afterwards.
There is very little risk in undergoing a hemoglobin test, because it is a simple blood drawing. Very rarely you might continue to have a mild pain or some swelling at the site where the needle was inserted, but these symptoms will resolve on their own within a couple of days.
The normal level of hemoglobin for males should be between 13.5 to 17.5 grams/dL and for females it should be between 12.0 to 15.5 grams/dL. If your results are showing values less than this, then you have a condition called anemia, which can be caused by iron deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency as well as thalassemia. If you have results higher than normal it can be due to Polycythemia Vera or even heart disease.
The results of your hemoglobin test may be affected if you have had any episode of heavy bleeding prior to undergoing the test such as heavy menstruation or bleeding due to an injury. Certain medications can also have an effect on the hemoglobin level. Make sure to discuss these facts with your doctor.