Posts Tagged ‘hemoglobin’

Learning to Modify the Chronic Neurologic Burden of Sickle Cell Anemia

Posted by • August 20th, 2014

The patient sitting in front of you is a smiling, well-adjusted 6-year old boy.  He has a supportive family, eats a healthy diet, and is physically active.  What if, despite all of this, you knew that he had more than a 30 percent chance of developing a condition that would hamper his educational attainment?  Every… Read More…

The Essential Element

Posted by • April 5th, 2013

In the latest article in our Clinical Problem-Solving series, a 21-year-old woman presented with a 10-day history of progressive fatigue, weakness, light-headedness, exertional dyspnea, and dark-colored urine, followed by an episode of syncope. Hemolytic anemia may be acquired through immune, microangiopathic, or infectious processes or may be congenital owing to an abnormality in the erythrocyte membrane,… Read More…

Microcytosis

Posted by • August 19th, 2011

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 62-year-old woman presented with dyspnea, anemia, and paraspinal masses. Examination revealed splenomegaly. Laboratory studies revealed microcytic anemia. A diagnostic test result was received. A common feature of all thalassemias is that clinical symptoms arise less from the deficit in hemoglobin production than from the accumulation of… Read More…