Oxygen transport in a woman with hemoglobin Hope/β+ thalassemia

S. Charache, S. Achuff, R. Winslow, H. Kazazian

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Abstract

Because their blood may 'unload' oxygen more readily than normal, people with hemoglobin of low oxygen affinity might be expected to be anemic. We have studied a woman with hemoglobin Hope/β+ thalassemia, whose hemoglobin level was 10.4 to 12.3 gm/dl (normal 14 ± 2) despite a P50 of 41 mm Hg (normal 26). Her cardiac index was normal yielding a calculated mixed venous PO2 of 51 mm Hg (normal 34 to 49). Oxygen transport in patients with low oxygen affinity can be maintained by a variety of homeostatic responses, only one of which is altered erythropoiesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-320
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Volume93
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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