Primary Health Care: Open Access

ISSN - 2167-1079

Ahmed Juma Al Shaaibi

Government of Oman Ministry of Health, General Practitioner, Sultanate of Oman


  • Research Article   

    Author(s): Rahma Al Hadhrami*, Kawther Abdullah Al Jassasi, Khawlah Al Balushi and Ahmed Juma Al Shaaibi

    Introduction: Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and β-thalassemia trait (BTT) are the two most frequent causes of microcytic anemia; however, differentiation between these conditions is of clinical importance for treatment purposes. The aim of this study was to determine the reliability of red cell distribution width (RDW) versus red cell distribution width index (RDWI) as hematological discriminator indices to differentiate between IDA and BTT in an adult Omani population. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2019 at various primary health care centers in Muscat Governorate, Oman. A retrospective review was conducted of adult Omanis participating in the national premarital screening program. Identification of IDA and BTT was performed according to the diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization. Subsequently, the va.. View More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2167-1079.21.11.400

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