A Plea for the Newborn Diagnosis of Hb S-Hereditary Persistence of Fetal Hemoglobin.


The gene for hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) in the Caribbean is much more common than previously estimated. To avoid labeling persons with the benign syndrome Hb S (HBB: c.20A>T)/HPFH as a disease and wasting scarce resources, parental studies are recommended when newborn screening reveals a pattern consistent with an SS phenotype.