May 19, 2010

Ultimatum for Beta Thalassemia Trait Detection

A very quick question:

Is it ethically and professionally acceptable not having detected a thalassemia trait before a certain age?

A person may take his first hemochrome at age 30, but if this is not the case, is it tollerable that a general practitioner hasn't investigated more deeply a low MCV value, ruled out iron deficiency and at least informed the patient of the possibility that he might have a thalassemia trait and discussed what is means?

I appreciate any comments on this issue and any reference you wish to suggest me.