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CUADRA BROWN, Yolanda Alcira et al. Hemoglobinopathies SS and SC in infants. Impact of an unresponsible paternity . MEDISAN [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.5, pp.773-783. ISSN 1029-3019.

A descriptive and cross-sectional study of 284 single mothers with hemoglobinopathies detected in pregnancy, in whom the couple's high risk was ignored as the husband had not been studied, and who were assisted in the Provincial Center of Genetics in Santiago de Cuba was carried out during the five year period 2007-2011, with the objective of detecting the hidden morbidity caused by sickle cell anemia types SS and SC in their children, whose ages ranged from 6 to 7 months of age. Of 180 studied children (63.4%) 5 were sick (3 SS and 2 SC). Specialized care was given to the affected ones and advice to the mother and the relatives. It is insisted in the development of programs that increase the genetic culture in the population as well as the assumption of a responsible paternity.

Keywords : sickle cell anemia; hemoglobinopathies SS y SC; single mother; high risk couple; prenatal diagnosis; genetic culture.

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