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Hemoglobinopathy

Definition

Hemoglobinopathy is a group of disorders passed down through families (inherited) in which there is abnormal production or structure of the hemoglobin molecule.

Such disorders include hemoglobin C disease, hemoglobin S-C disease, sickle cell anemia, and various types of thalassemia.

References

Steinberg MH. Sickle cell disease and associated hemoglobinopathies. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 166.

Review Date: 
2/8/2012
Reviewed By: 
Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Palm Beach Cancer Institute, West Palm Beach, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network; Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.