Course # DL-922: Hematology Case Study: A Hypochromic, Microcytic Anemia

by Helen Sowers, MA, CLS - California State University, East Bay (Retired)

Approved for 1.0 CE
Level of Difficulty: Basic

Case Study:

A 19 year old man (C.C.) had been competing as an amateur boxer. He was successful enough to turn professional. He found his stamina decreased in the longer pro-boxing bouts, making him less competitive in the professional ranks. Concern regarding his boxing future caused him to consult a physician.


At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. List the causes of hypochromic, microcytic anemias
  2. Identify tests used to differentiate among hypochromic, microcytic anemias
  3. State the globin chain composition of the various hemoglobins mentioned
  4. Differentiate between the genetic causes of alpha thalassemia and beta thalassemia
  5. Discuss the clinical manifestations of homozygous versus heterozygous states of the defective genes
  6. Describe the red cell morphology associated with thalassemia minor
  7. Differentiate between alpha thalassemia minor and beta thalassemia minor
  8. Evaluate and compare laboratory tests and morphology between thalassemia minor and iron deficiency anemia

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