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Also known as: hemoglobin E disease, HbE.
Hemoglobin is the protein in the blood that carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. One abnormal form of hemoglobin is known as hemoglobin E. Hgb E disease is a mild disorder, and people who have it may have no symptoms or mild anemia.
Hgb E disease is a genetic disorder that is passed along from parents to their children. Both parents must pass along the trait in order for the child to develop the disorder.
In most cases, Hgb E disease does not cause any symptoms. However, it can cause mild anemia, which can lead to symptoms such as pale skin, tiredness and fatigue.
Treatments typically involve preventing potential complications and treating them as they arise.
Reviewed by: Athena Pefkarou, MD
This page was last updated on: April 11, 2022 03:58 PM
A person with Hemoglobin E trait carries a gene for hemoglobin E and one normal gene called hemoglobin A. A person with hemoglobin E trait may have no symptoms or very mild anemia.