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: 6/21/2019 2:26:37 AM