Alpha thalassemia - USMLE Forums
USMLE Forums Logo
USMLE Forums         Your Reliable USMLE Online Community     Members     Posts
USMLE Articles
Go Back   USMLE Forums > USMLE Step 1 Forum

USMLE Step 1 Forum USMLE Step 1 Discussion Forum: Let's talk about anything related to USMLE Step 1 exam

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-24-2012
MedicalExaminer's Avatar
USMLE Forums Master
Steps History: 1+CK+CS+3
Posts: 824
Threads: 66
Thanked 457 Times in 296 Posts
Reputation: 467
Default Alpha thalassemia

In Goljan RR pathology hematology chapter it is mentioned that in alpha thalassemia trait there is mild anemia, decreased MCV, decreased Hb with an increased RBC count but how come-decreased Hct ?

I am here:
Everything is possible for him who believes (MARK 9:23)
245/247/passed on 1st attempt/223/2mos Obsie /3 US LORS/visa not needed/2008 grad
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 03-24-2012
johnvega98's Avatar
USMLE Forums Addict
Steps History: Step 1 Only
Posts: 122
Threads: 34
Thanked 23 Times in 14 Posts
Reputation: 33

I know what you mean. In the same chapter it states " Changes in thalassemia (i.e., a genetic globin chain disorder)
- Hb and Hct are decreased
- RBC count is increased (unknown mechanism)"

So, if someone can find a source with an explanation for the "unknow mechanism" increased RBC count in alpha thalassemia ...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the USMLE Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Medical School
Choose "---" if you don't want to tell. AMG for US & Canadian medical schools. IMG for all other medical schools.
USMLE Steps History
What steps finished! Example: 1+CK+CS+3 = Passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and Step 3.

Choose "---" if you don't want to tell.

Favorite USMLE Books
What USMLE books you really think are useful. Leave blank if you don't want to tell.
Where you live. Leave blank if you don't want to tell.


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The cause of jaundice in Thalassemia major usmleman2020 USMLE Step 1 Forum 8 03-25-2012 01:39 PM
Thalassemia Minor versus Thalassemia Trait sepideh USMLE Step 2 CK Forum 1 11-06-2011 01:55 PM
some confusion regarding thalassemia.. struggle USMLE Step 1 Forum 6 08-19-2011 05:50 AM
Thalassemia differentiation usluipek USMLE Step 1 Forum 2 05-31-2011 12:32 PM
Alfa Thalassemia Trait Mnemonic lee-usmle USMLE Step 1 Mnemonics 0 08-29-2009 11:53 AM

RSS Feed
Find Us on Facebook
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

USMLE® & other trade marks belong to their respective owners, read full disclaimer
USMLE Forums created under Creative Commons 3.0 License. (2009-2014)