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Test ID WBDD Beta-Globin Cluster Locus, Deletion/Duplication, Varies

Ordering Guidance


Additional Testing Requirements

Hemoglobin electrophoresis studies performed at Mayo Clinic Laboratories are highly recommended prior to this test to allow for more complete interpretation of results. See HBEL1 / Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Evaluation, Blood or THEV1 / Thalassemia and Hemoglobinopathy Evaluation, Blood and Serum.

Shipping Instructions

Specimens must arrive within 4 days (96 hours) of collection.

Necessary Information

Metabolic Hematology Patient Information (T810) is required; see Special Instructions. Send a completed form with the specimen. Document the reason for suspecting a large beta cluster locus deletion along with the hemoglobin F percentage and red blood cell indices for the patient.

Specimen Required

Specimen Type: Peripheral blood

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Lavender top (EDTA)

Acceptable: Yellow top (ACD)

Specimen Volume: 4 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Invert several times to mix blood.

2. Send specimen in the original tube.

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated (preferred)/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. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

Metabolic Hematology Patient Information (T810) is required.

Benign Hematology Test Request (T755)

Useful For

Determining the etiology of hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) or delta-beta thalassemia


Diagnosing less common causes of beta thalassemia; these large deletional beta thalassemia variants result in elevated hemoglobin (Hb) A2 and usually have slightly elevated HbF levels


Distinguishing homozygous Hb S disease from a compound heterozygous HbS/large beta-globin cluster deletion disorder (ie, HbS/beta zero thalassemia, Hb S/delta-beta zero thalassemia, HbS/HPFH, HbS/gamma-delta-beta thalassemia)


Diagnosing complex thalassemias where the beta-globin gene and one or more of the other genes in the beta-globin cluster have been deleted


Evaluating and classifying unexplained increased HbF percentages


Evaluating microcytic neonatal anemia


Evaluating unexplained long standing microcytosis in the setting of normal iron studies and negative alpha thalassemia testing/normal HbA2 percentages


Confirming gene fusion hemoglobin variants such as Hb Lepore and Hb P-Nilotic


Confirming homozygosity vs hemizygosity of variants in the beta-like genes (HBB, HBD, HBG1, HBG2)


This test is not useful for diagnosis or confirmation of alpha thalassemia, the most common beta thalassemias, or hemoglobin variants. It also does not detect nondeletional HPFH.

Testing Algorithm

A hemoglobin electrophoresis evaluation (HBEL1 / Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Evaluation, Blood) is always indicated prior to beta-globin cluster locus deletion and duplication testing as these conditions can be complex and protein data allows accurate classification of the patient phenotype.

Method Name

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Analysis/Multiplex Ligation-Dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA)

Reporting Name

Beta Globin Cluster Locus Del/Dup

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

2 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Varies

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.

Day(s) Performed

Wednesday, Friday

Report Available

25 to 30 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

81363-HBB (hemoglobin, beta, beta-globin) (eg, beta thalassemia), duplication/deletion analysis

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
WBDD Beta Globin Cluster Locus Del/Dup In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
48361 Beta Globin Cluster Locus Del/Dup 50397-9
48438 Specimen 31208-2
48360 Reviewed by 18771-6
48362 Interpretation 69047-9