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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-113

Anemia in pregnancy: Think beyond iron deficiency


Department of General Medicine, HBT Medical College and Dr. RN Cooper Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Vikram A Londhey
Department of General Medicine, HBT Medical College and Dr. RN Cooper Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/INJMS.INJMS_13_19

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We hereby describe a rare case of delta beta (δβ)-thalassemia as a cause of anemia in a 2-month pregnant female who was diagnosed as homozygous δβ-thalassemia after gene mutation studies. δβ-thalassemia is an unusual variant of thalassemia with elevated level of fetal hemoglobin. Homozygous patients of this disorder, unlike β-thalassemia, show mild anemia and give a clinical picture similar to that of thalassemia intermedia. However, δβ-thalassemia heterozygotes clinically show the characteristics of thalassemia minor.


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