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Hemoglobin SC Disease (HbSC)


Differential Diagnosis: Hemoglobin SC disease most likely. 

Condition Description: A red blood cell disorder characterized by presence of fetal hemoglobin (F) and hemoglobins S and C in the absence of Hb A. The hemoglobins are listed in order of the amount of hemoglobin present (F>S>C). This result is different from FAS which is consistent with sickle carrier. 

You Should Take the Following Actions:

  • Contact family to inform them of the newborn screening result
  • Consult a specialist in hemoglobinopathies; refer if needed
  • Evaluate infant and assess for splenomegaly
  • Initiate timely confirmatory/diagnostic testing as recommended by consultant
  • Initiate treatment as recommended by the consultant
  • Educate parents/caregivers regarding risks of sepsis, the need for urgent evaluation if fever of ≥101°F or signs and symptoms of splenic sequestration
  • Report findings to state newborn screening program (Carleigh Soule at 307-777-6297)  

Diagnostic Evaluation: Hemoglobin separation by electrophoresis, isoelectric focusing or HPLC showing FSC. Family or DNA studies may be used to confirm genotype.  

Clinical Expectations:   Newborn infants are usually well. Hemolytic anemia and vaso-occlusive complications develop during infancy or early childhood. Complications include life-threatening infection, splenic sequestration, pneumonia, acute chest syndrome, pain episodes, aplastic crisis, dactylitis, priapism and stroke. Comprehensive care including family education, immunizations, prophylactic penicillin and prompt treatment of acute illness reduces morbidity and mortality. 

Additional Information: (Click on the name to take you to the website) 

Grady Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center                  Wyoming Department of Health                                        

Sickle Cell Disease Association                                Colorado Newborn Screening                     

Sickle Cell Information                                           American Academy of Pediatrics                               


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