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From Ottumwa, Iowa, USA:

My 8 year old son has been Type 1 for one year now. We have tried to get an A1c test but his team of doctors say that his blood won't allow a proper reading. (It comes up 1.8.) After checking their equiptment and testing more blood, they are convinced this test won't work for him. Is there any other type of averaging test used for kids that can't get the A1c?


It sound like your child has a variant in his hemoglobin that doesn't allow standard methods to be used. There are other ways of checking the same thing. Ask your doctor to ask the lab about the Glycaffin method. The Glycaffin method eliminates false readings due to abnormal hemoglobins and other interfering substances.


[Editor's comment: When our daughter was very young, her A1c readings did not correlate well with her blood glucose readings. Our pediatric endocrinologist ran a fructosamine test instead. JSH]

Original posting 20 Mar 1998
Posted to A1c, Glycohemoglobin, HgbA1c


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