The Ham test is a blood test done to diagnose
Acid hemolysin test
How the Test is Performed
A blood sample is needed.
How to Prepare for the Test
There is no special preparation needed for this test.
How the Test will Feel
When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain. Others feel only a prick or stinging. Afterward, there may be some throbbing or a slight bruise. This soon goes away.
Why the Test is Performed
A positive test can confirm the diagnosis of PNH.
The Ham test can also be used to diagnose another rare disorder called congenital dyserythropoietic
The Ham test is increasingly being replaced by a test called flow cytometry.
A negative test is normal.
What Abnormal Results Mean
Abnormal results may be due to:
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
- Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia
There is very little risk involved with having your blood taken. Veins and arteries vary in size from one patient to another and from one side of the body to the other. Taking blood from some people may be more difficult than from others.
Other risks associated with having blood drawn are slight, but may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Fainting or feeling light-headed
- Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin)
- Infection (a slight risk any time the skin is broken)