Heinz Bodies

Heinz bodies are precipitated denatured globin chains often seen in patients with enzyme deficiencies and unstable haemoglobins. This assay is a supravital staining method for the identification of these inclusion bodies.

This test is not currently included in the laboratory's UKAS scope of accreditation to ISO15189:2012.
Clinical details: 
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Synonyms or keywords: 
G6PD deficiency, enzyme defiencies, unstable haemoglobin carrier
Sample type and Volume required: 
Whole Blood
Turnaround time: 
3 days Please contact laboratory to discuss urgent requests.
Special sample instructions: 

Samples should be kept in fridge temperature and sent to laboratory as soon as possible

Storage and transport: 
Special Haematology Department at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital
St Thomas’ Hospital
5th Floor - North Wing
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Telephone - 0207 188 8189

Guy’s Hospital
4th Floor - Southwark Wing
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Telephone - 020 7188 3421

Red Cell Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas' Clinical Advisory Service
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 (adult):
rachel.kesse-adu@gstt.nhs.uk and Kate.Gardner1@gstt.nhs.uk
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 (paediatric): Samah.Babiker@gstt.nhs.uk
Red Cell Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas' Technical Advisory Service
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 29/09/2022