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Formal name: Hemoglobin S Evaluation What is Sickling test? The sickle cell test is a simple blood test. Sickling test determines whether you have a sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of RBC disorders inherited genetically. People suffering from the disease has misshaped red blood cells. Instead […]


The term GTT stands for Glucose Tolerance Test. This test is performed to determine how well and properly the body cells of a patient are able to absorb sugar/glucose after ingesting a certain amount of sugar. How the test works This test works by comparing the sugar levels of glucose before and after the ingestion […]


Formal Name:  ABO Group and Rh Type

What is Rhesus factor tested?
Rhesus factor is a characteristic of an individual’s blood. Rh factor is present on the surface of the red blood cells (RBCs). This is a protein chain. If your blood contains the factor, then you are Rh positive. If there is no protein in the RBCs’ surface, you are Rh negative. Rh factor is determined by your ancestry lineage, meaning the factor is passed from parents to their children via genes. Rhesus factor is also important if there are any abnormalities after transfusion of blood.