Haemoglobin O Arab carrier: description in brief

Information for pregnant women to understand what it means to be a haemoglobin O Arab carrier.



A blood test can identify adults who carry the gene for haemoglobin OArab.

This publication explains about being a carrier and how this can affect an individual and their family.

It explains:

  • what a haemoglobin OArab carrier is
  • possible conditions children could inherit from a carrier
  • genetic inheritance for haemoglobin disorders
  • what the result means for other people in the family

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Published 1 January 2012
Last updated 2 October 2020 + show all updates
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  2. Updated with new statement on use of personal data and copyright.

  3. First published.