HPFH - Performance: Hemoglobin F, Red Cell Distribution, Blood

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Test Name

Test ID: HPFH    
Hemoglobin F, Red Cell Distribution, Blood

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

This assay uses a flow cytometric method with a monoclonal antibody to hemoglobin F (Hb F). Specimens are analyzed by single-color flow cytometry using fluorescein anti-Hb F. In normal adults, a single peak is seen with minimal fluorescence, which corresponds to Hb A. In neonates, a single peak with bright fluorescence is seen, which corresponds to Hb F. In cases of hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin only, a single peak is observed, which has a fluorescence intensity intermediate between the normal Hb A and Hb F peaks. This pattern corresponds to the homocellular (pancellular) pattern obtained by the Kleihauer-Betke (K-B) method. In contrast, specimens from infants, transfused neonates, and cases of beta-thalassemia or delta/beta-thalassemia show both Hb A and Hb F peaks, corresponding to the heterocellular pattern of the K-B method. In patients with Hb S/hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin, a single peak was observed in contrast to patients with homozygous S in which 2 peaks were observed.(Hoyer JD, Penz CS, Fairbanks VF, Katzmann JA: A flow cytometric method for measurement of Hb F in red cells: applications in the evaluation of hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin [HPFH] and other conditions with elevated Hb F levels. Blood 1998;92:40b)

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Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Monday through Saturday; continuously

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

2 days (Not reported on Saturday or Sunday)

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

5 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

1 week

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test