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A 26-year-old female asked:

Consistently low haemoglobin (9-10). low mcv (65) and mch (20) rdw almost normal, very slightly elevated(by 0.4). doctor said its thalassemia?! true?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Yes, very likely: What you described is consistent with beta thalassemia trait. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thalassemia/basics/causes/con-20030316
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Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Possible: You should have hemoglobin electrophoresis for definite diagnosis
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Specify that the electrophoresis is to look for thal minor. Some old-fashioned procedures may miss it. Thal minor is a non-problem unless you plan to have children with someone who also has it.
Mar 14, 2016
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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