What are the newborn screening guidelines for hemoglobin disorders in the US?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The introduction of newborn screening has been one of the greatest advances in the management of sickle cell disease. Currently, 50 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory universal programs for newborn screening for hemoglobin disorders. Guidelines for screening for sickle cell disease in newborns have been established. [47] If results are positive, a repeat hemoglobin electrophoresis should be performed for confirmation.


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