Hgb E Trait

Also known as:  hemoglobin E trait.

What is Hgb E trait?

Hemoglobin is the protein in the blood that carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. Hemoglobin E trait affects the hemoglobin in the red blood cells but is a mild disorder. 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.

What causes Hgb E trait?

Hemoglobin E is a genetic disorder that is passed along from parents to their children. For a child to have Hgb E trait, one gene is passed down from one parent only.

What are the symptoms of Hgb E trait?

In most cases, hemoglobin E does not cause any symptoms. However, it can cause very mild anemia, with no symptoms.

What are Hgb E trait care options?

In most cases, treatment is not necessary for Hgb E trait.

Reviewed by: Athena Pefkarou, MD

This page was last updated on: September 30, 2020 05:32 PM

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