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The treatment of red blood cell sickling disorders may involve many therapeutic modalities. Two of the most important and beneficial are treatment with hydroxyurea and chronic transfusion therapy. Hydroxyurea causes elevation of hemoglobin F (Hb F) levels, and transfusion serves to lower the percentage of hemoglobin S (Hb S). Both of these therapeutic modalities act to lessen the number and severity of sickling crises. Thus, periodic monitoring of Hb F and Hb S levels are needed to guide further therapy.
Monitoring patients with sickling disorders who have received hydroxyurea or transfusion therapy
Optimal levels of hemoglobin S and hemoglobin F are patient specific and depend on a number of factors including response to therapy.
This test is not intended for diagnostic purposes; thus, it is assumed the patient's diagnosis is established. If the patient has never been studied, hemoglobin electrophoresis is necessary (see HBELC / Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Cascade, Blood).
1-30 days: 22.8-92.0%
1-2 months: 7.6-89.8%
3-5 months: 1.6-42.2%
6-8 months: 0.0-16.7%
9-12 months: 0.0-10.5%
13-17 months: 0.0-7.9%
18-23 months: 0.0-6.3%
> or =24 months: 0.0-0.9%
All ages: 0.0%
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