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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Shyam Patel [2]

Overview

The role for X-ray in thalassemia is limited. In some cases it can be useful to address a particular clinical question.

X-Ray

There is no particular role for x-ray in thalassemia. However, in patients who have received multiple transfusions, X-ray of the chest can be done to assess for fluid overload in the lungs. Pulmonary edema can be visualized as opacities in the pleural space on chest X-ray.[1] In some cases, X-ray of the jaw can be done in patients with beta-thalassemia major (Cooley's anemia) to assess for bone breakdown.

References

  1. Fremont RD, Kallet RH, Matthay MA, Ware LB (2007). "Postobstructive pulmonary edema: a case for hydrostatic mechanisms.". Chest. 131 (6): 1742–6. PMC 2783608Freely accessible. PMID 17413051. doi:10.1378/chest.06-2934. 



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