EMA test for red cell membrane abnormalities

Referred to Special Haematology, HSL Analytics, 2nd Floor South, 60 Whitfield Street, London W1T 4EU

Alternative names, keywords

Eosin-5-maleimide test

Samples required

EDTA blood (purple cap/ black cap ring, 4 mL tube). Smaller tubes are available for paediatric samples.

Samples from infants and children (minimum 0.5 mL) should be accompanied by a 1 mL sample from the affected parent to act as a control.

Only available after by prior arrangement with haematology staff.

Analysis must be carried out within 48h therefore samples must be sent Monday-Wednesday only.

Test indications

Diagnosis of red cell membrane disorders, principally hereditary spherocytosis.

Reference range

See report.

Turnaround time

If arranged urgently, results available within 24 hours of sample receipt at referral laboratory. Final report within 14 days.