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Alpha-thalassemia genetic testing: an important anemia diagnostic tool in patients of African heritage.
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PMID:  21189714     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Inherited alpha-thalassemia genotypes have been shown to have a rather high prevalence in some patient populations of African heritage. These genotypes lead to mild anemia with microcytic indices and a normal hemoglobin electrophoresis. In our outpatient department, we analyzed 54 consecutive patients of African descent with longstanding microcytic anemia, but no evidence of iron deficiency. We detected alpha-thalassemia gene deletions in 94 percent of these patients. Alpha-thalassemia genetic testing appears cost-effective in an otherwise unexplained, longstanding microcytic anemia in patients of African origin.
Constantin A Dasanu
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Connecticut medicine     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0010-6178     ISO Abbreviation:  Conn Med     Publication Date:    2010 Nov-Dec
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Created Date:  2010-12-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0372745     Medline TA:  Conn Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  585-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Hematology-Oncology, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Gothic Park, 43 Woodland Street, Suite G-80, Hartford, CT 06105, USA.
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