October 1987, Volume 37, Issue 10

Letter to the Editor

HAEMOGLOBINOPATHIES IN PAKISTAN

Sir,

Name of Place Haemoglobinopathy Author Reported Rahimtoola (1960) 1 Karachi Cooley’s anaemia

Saleem (1974) 2 Rawalpindi HbD, HbE, HbS
Farzana et al(1975) 3 Karachi Thalassemia trait
Hashmi et al (1975) 4 Karachi Beta Thalassemia trait
Hashnii et al (1976) 5 Karachi Thalassemia major
Rahimtoola (1981) 6 Karachi Thalassemia major
PMRC (1982) 7 Multan Thalassemia major
Ahmed et al (1986) 8 Karachi Abnormal Haemoglo­binHb -Karachi.
In Multan by the end of 1982 fiftysix cases of thalassaemia were collected. Fiftyfive were of thalassaemia major and one rare case of Hb-Sc disease with Priapism.

Noor Ahmad Noor, A.W. Kazi, Ghulam Mohiuddin, M. Masood, Zulfiqar All
Deptt. of Medicine, Nishtar Medical College, Multan.
The pattern of haemoglobinopathies so far been reported from various Centres in Pakistan is shown in the table.

REFERENCES

1. Rahimtoola, R.J. Cooley’s anaemia in Pakistani children. Medicus, 1960; 20: 101.
2. Saleem, M. Haemoglobinopathies. Pakistan Armed Forces Med. J., 1974;25 :9.
3. Farzana, F., Zubeiri, SJ. and Hashmi, J.A. Prevalence of abnormal haemoglobins and thalas­semia trait in a group of professional blood donors and hospital staff in Karachi. JPMA., 1975; ’25 237.
4. Hashmi, J.A., Farzana, F., All, N. and Rahimtoola, R.J. Haematological findings in 122 cases of beta thalassemia trait situated in Karachi. Pakistan 3.Med. Res., 1975; 14 : 1.
5. Hashmi, J.A., Farzana, F. and Ahmad, M. Abnormal haemoglobins, thalassemia trait and G6P-D deficiency in young Pakistani males. JPMA., 1976; 26:2.
6  Rahimtoola, R.J. ‘1_he thalassemla (at Karachi). Pakistan Paediatr. J., 1981; 5 : 17.
7. Haemoglobinopathies in Multan. PMRC Annual report 1981-82: 159.
8. Ahmad, A., Naqvi, S., Ehsanullah, S. and Zaidi, Z.H. Abnormal haemoglobin-Hb (Karachi), an a chain abnormality at position 5 ALAPRO. JPMA.,1986;36: 206.

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