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Diagnostic Algorithm for Thalassemia

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient for thalassemia using a panel of screening tests as described by Lafferty.

Specialty:

Hematology, Hematology

Objective:

criteria for diagnosis

ICD-10:

D56

Description:

The diagnosis of thalassemia may need to be considered in a patient with erythrocytic microcytosis, in unexplained hydrops fetalis, or for genetic counseling of patients at risk for thalassemia major. A panel of screening tests can help direct subsequent specialized testing.

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