At present, assessment of haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is widely used for the diagnosis and monitoring of treatment in diabetes mellitus (DM). However, the HbA1c level is affected by many factors such as those influencing the lifespan of red blood cells and the structure, function and amount of normal HbA. Therefore, the clinical significance of HbA1c assessment in thalassemia patients needs careful consideration, especially in transfusion dependent thalassemia patients (TDT) in whom circulating Hb is that of blood donors. Preliminary reports have documented that HbA1c estimation in efficiently transfused patients seems valuable in diagnosis and monitoring of treatment in DM and other glucose disturbances in TDT patients. Herein, a short review of HbA1c measurement in anemias, blood transfusions and hemoglobinopathies, and the debate of the credibility of Hb A1c assessment in TDT patients is reported.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Pediatric endocrinology reviews : PER|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1 2020|
- Blood transfusions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism