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A 37-year-old female asked:

64 y/0 male italian -high rbc 7.3- low mcv- 65- nml iron panels- nml hemoglobin - dr says possible thalassemia. would this be thal major? or thalassemia trait?

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Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Thamassemia: The difference between the two is best evaluated with an analysis of the hemoglobin. Thalassemia major is the most severe form of beta thalassemia and causes severe anemia from childhood. It's unlikely a 64 yo man would not know he has a thalassemia major and have it.
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