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Flow Cytometry: Glycophorin A (Erythroid)

Flow Cytometry: Glycophorin A (Erythroid)

Flow cytometry, a high-precision, technology-driven process, is used for characterizing and sorting individual cells within a heterogeneous sample. One important use of this technology is the Glycophorin A (Erythroid) test. This test is particularly significant in assessing red blood cell (RBC) populations and identifying erythroid lineage in bone marrow samples.

Glycophorin A (GPA), also known as CD235a, is a protein that is abundantly expressed on the surface of mature erythrocytes and erythroid progenitor cells. Hence, the Flow Cytometry Glycophorin A test can help identify and evaluate erythroid cells and is particularly useful in diagnosing and managing certain hematologic disorders.


  • Test NameFlow Cytometry: Glycophorin A (Erythroid)
  • Sample TypeBlood
  • Preparations RequiredNo specific preparation, such as fasting or medication alteration, is necessary for the Glycophorin A (Erythroid) test. However, inform your doctor about any medications or supplements you're currently taking.
  • Report Time2 days

What is the significance of the Glycophorin A (Erythroid) test?

The Glycophorin A test is essential for the evaluation and monitoring of erythroid lineage in bone marrow samples. It is particularly useful in diagnosing and managing certain hematologic disorders, such as myelodysplastic syndrome and leukemia.

Do I need to fast before the Glycophorin A (Erythroid) test?

No, fasting is not required before the Glycophorin A test. Maintain your regular diet and hydration levels, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Glycophorin A test measures the presence and levels of the Glycophorin A protein, which is found on the surface of mature red blood cells and erythroid progenitor cells. It provides insights into the erythroid population within a given bone marrow sample.

The frequency of the Glycophorin A test will depend on your specific health condition. If you are being monitored for a hematologic disorder, your doctor will guide you on the appropriate frequency of testing.

In a typical result, Glycophorin A is present on the surface of mature red blood cells and erythroid progenitor cells. However, 'normal' values can vary based on the specific laboratory and testing methodology used. Always discuss your results with your doctor, who can interpret them in the context of your overall health and specific symptoms.

There are no specific precautions needed for the Glycophorin A test. However, always inform your doctor about any medications or supplements you're currently taking, as these can potentially affect the test results.

Medications, especially those affecting blood and bone marrow, can influence the results of the Glycophorin A test. Non-modifiable factors include certain genetic conditions that affect the production and functioning of red blood cells. Always discuss any potential factors with your doctor.

If your Glycophorin A test results are abnormal, you should consult with a hematologist, a doctor specializing in blood and bone marrow disorders. They can provide further guidance and treatment options based on your specific condition.

The Glycophorin A test typically involves a simple blood draw or a bone marrow biopsy, both of which are relatively safe procedures. Possible risks include minor pain or bruising at the needle site, lightheadedness, and a small risk of infection.

An abnormal Glycophorin A test result can suggest potential issues with the erythroid cells, but it is not a definitive diagnosis of a blood disorder. Additional tests may be required to confirm a diagnosis.

Yes, certain medications, especially those affecting blood and bone marrow, can influence the results of the Glycophorin A test. Always inform your doctor about any medications or supplements you're currently taking.

Some conditions affecting Glycophorin A levels, such as certain hematologic disorders, cannot be prevented as they may be genetically inherited. However, with early detection and appropriate management, symptoms can often be managed effectively.

Treatment for disorders that affect Glycophorin A levels will depend on the specific condition diagnosed. Treatment options may include medications, blood transfusions, and in some cases, bone marrow transplantation.

Some genetic disorders that affect Glycophorin A levels can potentially be detected before birth through prenatal genetic testing. Always consult your doctor or a genetic counselor for guidance.

Disorders that affect Glycophorin A levels can potentially have serious implications. However, with proper diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management, many individuals can lead a normal lifespan.

Your doctor is the best resource for understanding these tests and their implications for your health. If you have any concerns or further questions about the Glycophorin A (Erythroid) test, don't hesitate to discuss them with your doctor. Remember, your health and wellbeing should always come first, and your doctor is there to support you at every step.

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