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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 148-151

Hemoglobin-D Punjab—rare hemolytic anemia in the elderly: a case report


Department of Geriatrics, MGM Medical College and Hospital, Kamothe, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Tushar Kanti Biswas
Dr. Tushar K. Biswas, Department of Geriatrics, MGM Medical College and Hospital, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.
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DOI: 10.4103/mgmj.mgmj_12_20

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A 62-year-old woman with no comorbidity presented with dyspnea since 2 months and fatigue since 1 month. She was having severe anemia with hepatosplenomegaly and icterus. Anemia due to blood loss was ruled out. With a history of blood transfusions and episodes of jaundice in the past, evaluation of hemolytic anemia was carried out. Her serum iron level was normal. Serum lactate dehydrogenase level was raised, and extracorpuscular causes were absent. Hemoglobin electrophoresis was performed in view of suspected hemoglobinopathy. It showed hemoglobin-D Punjab homozygous type, which is very rare. Its presentation in older age is even rarer to warrant this report.


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