Posts Tagged ‘thalassemia’

Microcytic Anemia

Posted by • October 3rd, 2014

A new review discusses diagnosis and treatment of thalassemia, anemia of inflammation, and iron-deficiency anemia, highlighting recent findings.  The article includes an interactive graphic that shows various types of red cells that are observed in microcytic anemias and other conditions. The microcytic anemias are those characterized by the production of red cells that are smaller than… 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…

Iron-Chelating Therapy

Posted by • January 14th, 2011

The latest article in the Clinical Therapeutics review series, “Iron-Chelating Therapy for Transfusional Iron Overload,” comes from Dr. Gary Brittenham at the Columbia University Medical Center. Because humans lack any effective means to excrete excess iron, repeated transfusions over time inexorably produce the clinical problem of iron overload. In patients with thalassemia who undergo transfusion from… Read More…