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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

Golan DE. Hemolytic anemias: red cell membrane and metabolic defects. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 165.


Review Date: 2/5/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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