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Test ID WASEQ Alpha Globin Gene Sequencing, Varies

Ordering Guidance

For first-tier testing for alpha thalassemia detection, order THEV1 / Thalassemia and Hemoglobinopathy Evaluation, Serum and Whole Blood.


For first-tier testing for an alpha-globin variant, order HBEL1 / Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Evaluation, Blood.


If genetic testing is desired, the first-tier genetic test assesses large deletional alpha-thalassemia alterations. Order ATHAL / Alpha-Globin Gene Analysis, Varies.

Necessary Information

1. Patient's age is required.

2. Include recent transfusion information.

Specimen Required

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Specimen Type: Whole blood


Preferred: Lavender top (EDTA)

Acceptable: Yellow top (ACD), green top (sodium heparin)

Specimen Volume: 4 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Invert several times to mix blood.

2. Send whole blood specimen in the original tube. Do not aliquot

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerate 30 days(preferred)/Ambient 14 days


Specimen Type: Extracted DNA from whole blood

Container/Tube: 1.5- to 2-mL tube

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Label specimen as extracted DNA and source of specimen

2. Provide volume and concentration of the DNA

Specimen Stability Information: Frozen (preferred)/Refrigerate/Ambient


1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. The following documents are available in Special Instructions:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

2. Metabolic Hematology Patient Information (T810)

3. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send Benign Hematology Test Request Form (T755) with the specimen

Useful For

Diagnosing nondeletional alpha thalassemia


Testing for nondeletional alpha thalassemia in a symptomatic individual


Follow-up testing to an abnormal hemoglobin electrophoresis that identified an alpha-globin chain variant

Method Name

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/ Sanger Sequencing

Reporting Name

Alpha Globin Gene Sequencing, B

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

Blood: 1 mL
Extracted DNA: 50 mcL at 50 ng/mcL concentration

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Varies

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Report Available

10 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

81259-HBA1/HBA2; full sequence

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
WASEQ Alpha Globin Gene Sequencing, B 87730-8


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
61362 Alpha Globin Gene Sequencing, B 87730-8
43921 Interpretation 69047-9