Journal article

Genetics and blood

Sylvia A Metcalfe, Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Janine Campbell, Jon Emery

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Genetic disorders of the blood are common inherited conditions of global impact. The haemoglobinopathies and clotting disorders represent two areas of significance to Australian primary care practitioners. OBJECTIVE: This article describes the haemoglobinopathies and thrombophilias and their relevance to primary care practitioners. In particular it describes the role of the general practitioner in identifying who is at risk of being a carrier of, or at risk of developing, these conditions. DISCUSSION: Global migration patterns to Australia have meant that the carrier frequency of haemoglobinopathies has increased in recent years. General practitioners play a key role in carrier s..

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