POST-TRANSFUSION HBA1C

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Recent blood transfusion can cause an artificially low hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). Options for follow-up include monitoring home blood sugar readings; checking a fructosamine (glycosylated albumin) level, which reflects blood sugar control over the previous couple of weeks and is unaffected by transfusion; or waiting to recheck HbA1c after three months.
—Jennifer E. Frank, MD, Appleton, Wis. (112-25)

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