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Whole blood viscosity in beta thalassemia minor.

  title={Whole blood viscosity in beta thalassemia minor.},
  author={James Crowley and J B Metzger and Edward W. Merrill and C. Robert Valeri},
  journal={Annals of clinical and laboratory science},
  volume={22 4},
Patients with heterozygous beta-thalassemia minor have a decreased hematocrit (HCT). Since the HCT is a primary determinant of whole blood viscosity, the known reduction in HCT in beta-thalassemia minor should lead to a measurable reduction of whole blood viscosity. The influence of the relatively lower mean corpuscular volume and consequent higher red blood cell count and beta-thalassemia minor on whole blood viscosity using a microporous viscometer has not previously been the subject of… Expand
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