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RMJ. 2016; 41(4): 424-427


Clinical utility of Red blood cell count, Red cell distribution width: will it provide more accurate differentiation of Beta thalassemia trait and Iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy?

Shahida Tasneem, Nadra Sultana, Ayesha Snover, Kinza Alam.

Abstract
Objective: To test clinical utility of red blood cell count, red cell distribution width (RDW), along with these previously used indices in differential diagnosis in Beta thalassemia trait (BTT) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA).
Methodology: This was cross sectional study, performed at Department Gynecology, Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan for 18 months from January 2013 to July 2014 on 95 patients with microcytic anemia (MCV

Key words: Beta Thalassemia Trait, Iron deficiency anemia, complete blood count, pregnancy


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