|Alternate:||Sickle Cell; Sickle Prep|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Routine: 1 hour, STAT: 30 minutes|
|Container:||3 mL lavender top tube or lavender top microtainer (EDTA)|
|Temperature:||RT or refrigerated, transport to laboratory within 4.0 hours of collection.|
|Rejection:||Clotted specimen, hemolyzed specimen.|
|Uses:||Detection of sickling hemoglobins and evaluation of hemolytic anemia.|
|Limitations:||Patient must be 6 months of age or older. Abnormal elevations of total serum proteins,( particularly gamma globulins), dysproteinemias, lupus erythematosus, renal disease, and hyperlipedemia may cause false positive interpretation. False negatives may occur if the concentration of HgS is below the level of sensitivity which may be encountered after multiple transfusions.|
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