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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

α-Thalassemia Molecular PCR (alpha Thalassemia Molecular PCR)

Test Name

α-Thalassemia Molecular PCR (alpha Thalassemia Molecular PCR)

Lavender Tube Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = 2 Lavenders

Minimum Venous Volume = 6 mL Whole Blood

Capillary - BD microcollection tube; minimum volume 500µL.

Please Note: A full draw is required for both tubes.

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: Collect sample in 2 lavender tops and send to core lab. Sample should be well mixed at time of collection to prevent platelet clumping. CBC and morphology must be done on all samples requested for hemoglobin electrophoresis. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label. Requisition must specify that test requested is for α-Thalassemia Melecular PCR. If not, please confirm with ordering clinician.

Laboratory Staff Instructions: Do not register samples. Send samples with requisition to hematology float bench.

Stability: Stable at 1 – 8 °C for up to 6 weeks.

Transportation: Transport at room temperature within 1 hour of collection.

Sample Rejection Criteria: Plasma, clotted sample, unlabeled and samples of non sufficient quantity.

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

4-6 weeks

Test Utilization

Reference Value

See Report

Test Code

No Code



Testing Location

Referred Out – ON, Canada (ROHGH13)

Other Information

Last Updated: September 26, 2019