Category Archives: Anaemia

Case 90 – summary

We started with a 74 year old gentleman who was admitted with weight loss, fatigue and change in bowel habit. A mass in the right iliac fossa was palpated and a colonic malignancy was suspected. He had thrombocytosis with microcytic indices … Continue reading

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Case 90 – update 4

Here is the antibody panel. Can you identify the antibody?  

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Case 90 – update 3

Our patient is one week post two units of blood and his haemoglobin is back to baseline and has hyperbilirubinaemia. LDH is elevated and haptoglobins are absent. Blood film shows spherocytes. Here is the antibody screen Questions (For fun!) can … Continue reading

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Case 90 – update 2

Our patient is treated for potential pulmonary oedema associated with blood transfusion (transfusion-associated circulatory overload). The differential was TRALI but given its rarity and the patient’s observations (hypertension and a positive fluid balance) TACO was felt to be more likely. … Continue reading

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Case 90 – update 1

Our patient has deteriorated towards the end of a two unit transfusion. He is short of breath and more hypoxic compared to previous. Observations are below:   Before unit one Towards end unit two Pulse 72bpm 98bpm Blood pressure 100/70mmHg … Continue reading

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Case 90 – the beginning

A 74 year old male is admitted to hospital with weight loss, fatigue and change in bowel habit. He is pale and a mass is palpated in the right iliac fossa. A full blood count is performed: Hb 72g/l MCV … Continue reading

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Case 89 – summary

  Thank you for all of the contributions with Case 89 where we encountered a fit 64 year old who presented with progressive anaemia and leucocytosis over the past 6 months. He also had associated weight loss of 0.5 stones … Continue reading

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Case 89 – update 2

Thank you for everyone’s contributions so far! Update of investigation results as requested: Bone marrow trephine: myelofibrosis. BM cytogenetics: monosomy 7 Peripheral blood: JAK2 positive. No circulating blasts identified on blood film. USS abdo: 16cm spleen (Hb 95, Plts 90, … Continue reading

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Case 89 – update 1

Thanks for everyones contributions so far. Further information now available as requested by yourselves: Patient decline over past 6 months – 0.5 stone weight loss, no night sweats / fevers. Marked lethargy and generally feeling ‘achey’. Poor appetite but no … Continue reading

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Case 89 – the beginning

A 64  year old man is referred to haematology outpatients with progressive chronic anaemia and leucocytosis. He has previously been very fit but has become very lethargic  over the past few months. Hb 95, MCV 103, Plts 90, WCC 17, … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part B2

Thanks for joining in with this short case. We reviewed the blood film of an 82 year old. The FBC was done for diabetes monitoring. There was no recent transfusion and no new medications. The film showed red cell agglutination(3) … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part B1

An 82 year old gentleman has a routine blood count for diabetes monitoring. This is the blood film.   Questions: What do you see on the blood film? What questions do you want to ask the patient? Any further investigations? … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part A2

This short case focused on the diagnosis of thalassaemia over iron deficiency. The below factors can help, but there are many overlapping factors and this is more of a guide rather than absolute. Factors that may make this unreliable include … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part A1

Welcome to #TeamHaem. This week we are going to look at some blood film morphology. A 21 year old female student has a full blood count done due to fatigue. Hb 100g/L MCV 74fl MCH 21.7pg Platelets 250×109/l WCC and … Continue reading

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Case 73 – summary

This week our case involved the care of a 10 year old girl with SCD who had transfered her care to the UK. She presented in outpatient clinic for the first time and we had to determine her management. During … Continue reading

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Case 73 – update 2 

Given the girls high Right MCA doppler at screening the patient started regular transfusion for prevention of CVA. This was initiated due to Adams et al 1998 NEJM paper that showed a 92% risk reduction in patients with high dopplers … Continue reading

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Case 73 – update 1

Thanks for all your suggestions so far. When the patient was seen for the first time the following was established: History: She is now age 10 and moved to the UK from west Africa a few months ago with her … Continue reading

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Case 73 – the beginning

A 10 year old girl attends paediatric outpatient clinic with a history of Sickle Cell Disease. She was born abroad and has just moved to the UK.  What history should you establish?  What should you note on examination? How would … Continue reading

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Case 72- summary

Answers A – hereditary elliptocytosis B – hairy cell leukaemia C – metastatic prostate cancer Case A The first case, we started with something relatively straightforward: This was a blood film of a 21 year old pregnant women who was … Continue reading

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Case 72 – case A

Evening. This week we are going to do some short cases based around morphology.  The aim is for this to be a quick fire week, with lots of interesting pictures!  We would welcome any contribution from our followers too – so tweet in a picture … Continue reading

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