We report microchromatographic measurement of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) proportions in a 36-year-old African-American multigravida woman. At 34 weeks she delivered a 630-g male infant who subsequently did well. Hemoglobin electrophoresis of the hemolysate revealed nearly 100% HbF without HbA, an extremely unusual naturally occurring sample. Family studies revealed a combination of hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) and β0 thalassemia minor. Southern blot technique confirmed heterozygous α2 thalassemia and HPFH but failed to identify the β thalassemic lesion. The absence of HbA and the very high amounts of HbF led us to measure HbF by several methods to confirm the accuracy of microchromatography of HbF at values approaching 100%. HPLC revealed a 14% F1 suggestive of microchromatographic underestimation due to glycated HbF. We conclude that cation-exchange microchromatography and the Betke method of alkali denaturation underestimate HbF values as they approach 100% and do not recommend these procedures in this rare situation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry