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Could low hemoglobin level be due to thalassemia?

After visting my blood my bank for a plasma donation my hemoglobin reading was 104. I know this is low. They are send my sample to the lab. I am of Maltese origin I was wondering about Thalassemia. I will be visiting my physician soon. Teresa Thankyou
Mon, 29 Sep 2014
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Hi Teresa,
Thanks for asking.
Based on your query, my opinion is as follows.
1. Low hemoglobin could be due to multiple causes including thalassemia.
2. Most commonly nutritional cause in females, secondary to decreased intake and possible heavy bleeding during periods.
3. Get a complete hemogram along with peripheral smear. Morphological classification will possibly identify a cause. Based on it, appropriate diagnosis can be made.
Hope it helps.
Any further queries, happy to help again.
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