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HbA1c: Sensitivity and Specificity

Introduction: Also known as hemoglobin A1c. This represents the fraction of glycosylated hemoglobin in the blood, reflective of the long-term (~3 months) glycemic control of a diabetic. Note that it can also be raised by conditions causing increased red cell lifespan, e.g. splenectomy.

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Associated Diagnoses:

Diabetes Mellitus

80% sensitive, 82% specific

Diabetes Mellitus

60% sensitive, 95% specific