Hemoglobinopathies

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that screening for hemoglobinopathies be offered to couples where at least one of the partners has some ethnic background including the following:

  • African American
  • Mediterranean
  • Southeast Asia

Hemoglobin diseases, called hemoglobinopathies, are a group of disorders characterized by abnormal or decreased production of hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen throughout the body. The severity of these diseases ranges from mild to severe, depending on the type of hemoglobin defect. The most common hemoglobinopathies are the following:

  • alpha-thalassemia
  • beta-thalassemia
  • sickle cell anemia

Last updated on Apr 7th, 2018