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Sickle Cell

Alias: N/A

Discipline: Haematology

Test information: Sickle Cell disease is an inherited condition characterised by the presence of Haemoglobin S (HbS), a beta chain variant occurring either in the homozygous (S/S - sickle cell disease/anaemia) or heterozygous (A/S - sickle cell trait) state. HbS may also be found with other haemoglobins such as HbA, HbC, HbD or with thalassaemia.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Whole blood EDTA can be used
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Haemoglobinopathy Screening
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
All positive patient results are sent to Clinical Chemistry for haemoglobinopathy screening (if time allows) then referred as soon as possible to Torbay for confirmation and clinical comment. Positive results of an inpatient or preoperative patient must be telephoned to the requestor.
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 03-05-2023