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    Above 10 years

    The hemoglobin test is done as a part of a complete blood count. It is done in case of signs and symptoms of anemia, polycythemia, and dehydration. It is done at regular intervals to monitor the ongoing response to the treatment. Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) helps to detect the presence of inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be caused by infections, tumors, or autoimmune diseases. ESR helps to diagnose and monitor conditions such as polymyalgia rheumatica, temporal arteritis, systemic vasculitis, or rheumatoid arthritis. The hemoglobin test is done: • To evaluate the hemoglobin content in the blood • As a part of routine health check-up • To screen and diagnose conditions that affect red blood cells. • To assess the severity of anemia or polycythemia • To monitor the ongoing treatment for anemia or polycythemia   The ESR test is done: • In case of a condition causing inflammation • In case of signs and symptoms of diseases such as temporal arteritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, systemic vasculitis • In case of signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis such as neck or shoulder pain, pelvic pain, headaches, poor appetite, anemia, unexplained weight loss, and joint stiffness

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    faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently asked questions

    To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
    The factors which can affect hemoglobin’s level include recent blood transfusion and pregnancy.
    The other tests which can be advised along with hemoglobin test depend upon the cause which needs to be diagnosed. The other tests include CBC, blood smear, iron studies, reticulocyte count, vitamin B12 and folate levels, and bone marrow examination.
    The individuals which are at risk of low hemoglobin levels include women of childbearing age, nutritional deficiencies, people who underwent surgery, people who have been severely injured, kidney disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic infection, or chronic inflammatory disorders.
    The signs of abnormally low hemoglobin levels include fatigue, pale skin, fainting, and shortness of breath.
    Yes, please inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines or supplements as it might interfere with the test results.
    Temporal arteritis is also known as giant cell arteritis. It involves inflammation and constriction of the blood vessels near the temples on the side of the head.
    In systemic vasculitis, the blood vessels get inflamed which can lead to damage to blood vessels.
    Polymyalgia rheumatica is a condition in which the muscles become painful and stiff. This condition is associated with temporal arteritis.
    Other tests that can be advised along with ESR include a C-reactive protein test, a comprehensive metabolic panel, or complete blood count.
    Yes, please inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines or supplements as it might interfere with the test results.

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    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results