Haemoglobin measurement is part of the full blood count (FBC) (which is requested for many different reasons), especially when your doctor suspects anaemia, and sometimes as part of a general health screen). It is often requested before operations to make sure you are fit for surgery and do not require a transfusion. The test is also repeated when monitoring bleeding or response to treatment of various anaemias.
Normal values in an adult are approximately 120 to 180 g/L (12 to 18 g/dL) of blood but are influenced by the age, sex and ethnic origin in the person. Above-normal haemoglobin levels may be the result of:
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