Thalassemia: In a Nutshell (Pediatric Nursing)

by Paula Ruedebusch

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    00:01 So in a nutshell, thalassemia is a common cause of anemia worldwide.

    00:06 There are three severities: minor, intermedia and major.

    00:10 The genetic mutation's going to cause defective hemoglobin.

    00:14 Signs and symptoms in your patient are going to be consistent with anemia.

    00:18 When you draw labs, you're going to initially mimic iron deficiency anemia if you stop at a CBC and that's why iron studies are gonna be needed to differentiate the two conditions.

    00:28 Remember, a patient with thalassemia is not iron-deficient.

    00:32 You do not want to supplement with extra iron.

    00:35 Treatment is going to include blood transfusions, and subsequent iron chelation.

    00:41 Thank you for watching this lecture on thalassemia.

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    The lecture Thalassemia: In a Nutshell (Pediatric Nursing) by Paula Ruedebusch is from the course Blood Disorders – Pediatric Nursing.

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    1. Iron studies
    2. Complete blood cell count (CBC)
    3. Red blood cell (RBC) count
    4. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine

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     Paula Ruedebusch

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