Hematology Test

Heinz Body Stain

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
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Test : Heinz Body Stain

Indications : This test is used to detect hemolytic disorders associated with Heinz body formation.

Physiology : Heinz bodies are intra-erythrocytic insoluble inclusions of oxidatively denatured hemoglobin. They reflect the presence of metabolic derangement of or abnormality in the secondary structure of hemoglobin.

Normal Range : No Heinz bodies identified.

Interpretation : Heinz bodies are present during G-6-PD deficiency, Heinz body hemolytic anemia (HBHA). Oxidative denaturation of hemoglobin leads to formation of Heinz bodies.

Test Method : Supra vital stain.

Related Tests : G-6-PD, Hemoglobin, RBC Morphology, Reticulocyte Count, RBC enzyme deficiency.

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