ISSN: 1300-7777 E-ISSN: 1308-5263
Screening of Hemoglobinopathies in Kahramanmaraş, TURKEY [Turk J Hematol]
Turk J Hematol. 2001; 18(2): 79-83

Screening of Hemoglobinopathies in Kahramanmaraş, TURKEY

Güneş T. Yüregir1, Metin Kılınç1, Hasan Ekerbiçer2, Neşet Bilaloğlu3, Nermin Tekin4
1Department Of Biochemistry, School Of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş Sütçüimam University
2Department Of Public Health, School Of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş Sütçüimam University
3Department Of Pediatrics, School Of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş Sütçüimam University
4Technical Health School, Kahramanmarafl, Turkey

Thalassemia and sickle cell anemia are prevalent in southern Turkey. Being in close proximity to Çukurova we screened Kahramanmaraş to assess the prevalence and foci of the diseases. The sample sizes were calculated by EpiInfo 6.0 computer program at 95% confidence level. 1491 subjects aged 2-69 were studied. Hematological parameters were analyzed by an electronic cell counter. Electrophoresis were performed and Hemoglobin A2 and hemoglobin F levels were determined on samples with MCV< 80 fL. The results of Canatan et al. on Elbistan were included in the final results. Thus, the prevalence of ß-thalassemia, hemoglobin D, Hemoglobin O Arab carriers were 0.68%, 0.28% and 0.013%, respectively. No hemoglobin S was detected. In conclusion, Kahramanmaraş seems not to be a high risk area but the public must be informed about these diseases. Every community in close proximity to high prevalence areas must be enlightened.

Keywords: Carrier screening, ß-thalassemia, Abnormal hemoglobins.


Güneş T. Yüregir, Metin Kılınç, Hasan Ekerbiçer, Neşet Bilaloğlu, Nermin Tekin. Screening of Hemoglobinopathies in Kahramanmaraş, TURKEY. Turk J Hematol. 2001; 18(2): 79-83

Corresponding Author: Güneş T. Yüregir, Türkiye


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