Prevalence of erythrocyte haemoglobin H inclusions in unselected patients with clonal myeloid disorders.
Patients with clonal myeloid disorders, especially myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), may acquire alpha-thalassaemia. To estimate the prevalence of this erythrocyte phenotype, we examined brilliant cresyl blue-stained blood smears from 201 patients with neoplastic myeloid disorders and 282 controls (195 non-clonal anaemia, 62 with medical illnesses without anaemia and 25 healthy persons). Haemoglobin H inclusions were detected in 8/100 patients with MDS (8%) and 2/81 (2.5%) patients with myelop...Expand abstract
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