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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Anemia question

07/02/2007

Question:

My physician says I have Thallasemia. My hemoglobin is 14.4, my hematocrit is 44.2 and my RDW is 19.1. What does this mean? I have struggled with iron deficiency anemia for 7 years and am on daily iron supplements. Just five days before my last blood evaluation, I was extremely fatigued and had to rest for 2 days. What does this mean? Thank you.

Answer:

Thalassemia is an inherited disease which is due to abnormal production of hgb, the major part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen. The severity varies from person to person, but the major complaints are due to low blood counts and/or too much iron in the body. You sound like if you have thalassemia. It is minor and no complaints should be due to it.

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University