For Debate: Assessment of HbA1c in Transfusion Dependent Thalassemia Patients

Vincenzo De Sanctis, Ashraf T. Soliman, Shahina Daar, Salvatore Di Maio, Heba Elsedfy, Christos Kattamis

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-234
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric endocrinology reviews : PER
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Anemia
  • Blood transfusions
  • HbA1c
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Thalassemias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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