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Inadequate utilization of routine electronic RBC counts to identify beta thalassemia carriers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3177725     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated physician awareness of the diagnosis of beta thalassemia minor as suggested by RBC indices obtained from routine electronic counts; and, the knowledge of the carriers of their genetic trait. Out of 17,000 counts, 324 were compatible with the diagnosis of beta thalassemia minor, but, only 175 (54 per cent) were identified by physicians as possibly thalassemic and in 47 of these (27 per cent) was the diagnosis verified. Twenty-four of 39 interviewed patients in whom the diagnosis of beta thalassemia minor was established knew about their carrier state.
O Shalev; E Yehezkel; E A Rachmilewitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  1988 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-11-17     Completed Date:  1988-11-17     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1476-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115.
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MeSH Terms
Electronics, Medical
Erythrocyte Count*
Erythrocyte Indices
Heterozygote Detection*
Thalassemia / blood,  genetics*

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