Details

Hemoglobin F

EPIC: LAB5860, SOFT: HGBF

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: One Lavender-top EDTA tube. (Minimum Whole Blood: 1.0 mL)
Also acceptable (Pediatric): One 500 mcL Lavender-top EDTA Microtainer®. (Minimum Whole Blood: 250 mcL)

Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Do not centrifuge. Do not freeze. Store whole blood refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) prior to transport. (Minimum Whole Blood: 1.0 mL)

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Whole blood specimen, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Minimum Whole Blood: 1.0 mL)

Rejection Criteria

  • Centrifuged specimens.
  • Frozen specimens.
  • Severely hemolyzed samples.

Storage

0,Specimens stored as whole blood or packed cells at 2oC to 8oC are stable for 28 days.

Performed

Sunday – Saturday (day shift only). 
Results are available in 3-5 business days.

Reference Range

0-30 days 60-90%
31 days - 23 months Less than or equal to 60%
2 years - Adult 0-2%

Test Methodology

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).

Interpretation

Hgb F levels are much higher in the neonate than an older child or adult. Hgb F may be slightly increased in ß thalassemia trait (up to 10%) and moderately increased in delta-beta thalassemia (up to 20%). It is also increased in hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin, a condition most commonly seen in African-Americans. Slight increases may also be acquired and can occur with several bone marrow abnormalities (e.g., leukemias, aplastic anemia), severe anemias, with hydroxyurea therapy and in pregnancy.

Clinical Utility

This assay is used to quantitate the percent of fetal hemoglobin in the specimen. It aids in the diagnosis of disorders with elevated levels of fetal hemoglobin and various hemoglobinopathies.

CPT Code

83021

Test Codes

EPIC: LAB5860, SOFT: HGBF

Last Updated

7/11/2019