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Test Code LAB12497 Haptoglobin, Serum

Reporting Name

Haptoglobin, S

Useful For

Confirmation of intravascular hemolysis

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Specimen Required


Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
  Frozen  28 days
  Ambient  14 days

Reference Values

30-200 mg/dL

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Test Classification

This test has been cleared, approved, or is exempt by the US Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
HAPT Haptoglobin, S 46127-7


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
HAPT Haptoglobin, S 46127-7

Clinical Information

Haptoglobin is an immunoglobulin-like plasma protein that binds hemoglobin. The haptoglobin-hemoglobin complex is removed from plasma by macrophages and the hemoglobin is catabolized. When the hemoglobin-binding capacity of haptoglobin is exceeded, hemoglobin passes through the renal glomeruli, resulting in hemoglobinuria.


Chronic intravascular hemolysis causes persistently low haptoglobin concentration. Regular strenuous exercise may cause sustained low haptoglobin, presumably from low-grade hemolysis. Low serum haptoglobin may also be due to severe liver disease.


Neonatal plasma or serum specimens usually do not contain measurable haptoglobin; adult levels are achieved by 6 months.


Increase in plasma haptoglobin concentration occurs as an acute-phase reaction. Levels may appear to be increased in conditions such as burns and nephrotic syndrome. An acute-phase response may be confirmed and monitored by assay of other acute-phase reactants such as alpha-1-antitrypsin and C-reactive protein.


Absence of plasma haptoglobin may therefore indicate intravascular hemolysis. However, congenital anhaptoglobinemia is common, particularly in African-Americans. For this reason, it may be difficult or impossible to interpret a single measurement of plasma haptoglobin. If the assay value is low, the test should be repeated after 1 to 2 weeks following an acute episode of hemolysis. If all the plasma haptoglobin is removed following an episode of intravascular hemolysis, and if hemolysis ceases, the haptoglobin concentration should return to normal in a week.


Low levels of plasma haptoglobin may indicate intravascular hemolysis.

Method Description

Nephelometry.(Siemens Nephelometer II Operations Instruction Manual. Siemens, Inc., Newark, DE)

Report Available

1 to 2 days

Reject Due To

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus OK

Method Name


Secondary ID