Heinz Body Stain

Sunquest Code:HEINZ  
Epic Code:LAB3523Epic Name:HEINZ BODY STAIN
Order Instructions:Special Hematology test request: HHEINZ
Synonyms:G-6-PDH, Qualitative
Methodology:Supravital staining with basic dyes
CPT Code:85441 (technical)
Test Includes:Staining of red cells for aggregates of denatured hemoglobin (Heinz bodies).
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri, 0730-1600; results are reported within 24 hours.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:3 mL
Minimum Volume:1 mL
Container:Purple (EDTA).
Causes for Rejection:Clotted specimen, hemolyzed specimen

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Hematopathology  (UMMC-East Bank)
Referral Lab number:HEINZ


Critical Range:above 1%
Reference Range:Less than 1% is usually considered normal in non-splenectomized patients.
Use:Evaluate hemolytic anemias with RBC enzyme deficiencies (e.g.. GG PD deficiency), hemoglobin, congenital Heinz Body hemolytic anemia (CHBHA). Perform when many "bite cells" are seen on routine peripheral blood smears.

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