Heinz Bodies for Hemoglobin H Inclusions , Hemoglobin H , HB, ARUP #49090, EPIC: LAB6265, SOFT: XHNZB
- Due to specimen stability, samples must arrive in Send Out Laboratory by 12:00 p.m. on the day of collection, Monday-Thursday only. Specimens can only be collected Monday-Thursday before 11:00 a.m.
- This test will not be run on infants under 6 months of age.
Specimen Collection Criteria
Collect (preferred specimen): One Lavender-top EDTA tube.
Also acceptable: One Dark Green-top Sodium or Lithium Heparin tube.
Specimens can only be collected Monday-Thursday before 11:00 a.m. Specimen is STAT and must be sent for processing immediately after collection.
Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation
Do not centrifuge. Do not freeze specimen. Maintain whole blood refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) until transport. Courier Services must be contacted for a STAT pickup at 1-800-551-0488.
Preparation for Courier Transport
Transport: 5.0 mL whole blood, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Min: 2.0 mL)
- Centrifuged specimens.
- Room temperature or frozen specimens.
- Samples greater than 96 hours old.
- Specimens drawn from patients under six months of age.
- Specimens not collected and processed as indicated.
Specimen Stability for Testing:
Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): Unacceptable
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 96 hours
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable
Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:
Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Sendout Laboratory with any questions.
Sent to ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT.
Monday - Friday.
Results available in 2-5 days.
The presence of Heinz bodies can indicate:
- The ingestion of a sufficient amount of oxidizing drug or chemical (e.g., phenylhydrazine, chlorate, naphthalene) which overwhelms the normal protective mechanism of the red cell and denatures hemoglobin.
- The ingestion of an aniline-derived drug (e.g., primaquine, sulfanilamide) in individuals with G-6-PD deficiency (or other enzyme deficiencies of the hexosemonophosphate oxidative pathway resulting in decreased reduced glutathione) which renders hemoglobin susceptible to oxidative denaturation.
- The presence of Hemoglobin H or an unstable hemoglobin (Zurich, Koln, Seattle, Gun Hill). Heinz bodies also increase in number after splenectomy.
Heinz body staining assists in the diagnosis of oxidizing chemical ingestion, G-6-PD deficiency, alpha thalassemia, and certain unstable hemoglobin conditions.
ARUP #49090, EPIC: LAB6265, SOFT: XHNZB
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