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Test Name: Sickle Cell Screen

Test Code(s): SICK / SICKLE

CPT Code(s): 85660

Methodology: Turbidometric

Clinical Significance: Detection of Hemoglobin S.

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

Turnaround Time: Stat: 1 hour.
Routine: 24 hours.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Blood

Collection Container: Preferred: Lavender top

Collection Volume: Preferred: 4 mL
Pediatrics: 1.5 mL

Sample Analyzed: Whole Blood

Volume Required: Preferred: 1 mL
Pediatrics: 0.5 mL

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Transfusion Services(C7/381). Transport with coolant pack if coming from outreach location.

Stability: Ambient: Not acceptable
Refrigerated: 10 days
Frozen: Not acceptable


Expected Results:


Additional Information:

This is a screening test for Hemoglobin S. The methodology used for this test should not be considered conclusive for the diagnosis of sickle-cell anemia or sickle-cell trait. Confirmation with other methodologies such as electrophoresis is always advisable.

Hemoglobin S Screen

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