Thalassemia syndromes are the most common genetic disorders in humans. It is essential for NPs to understand the pathophysiology behind them and their clinical manifestations to promptly recognize and diagnose the problem. Proper interpretation of newborn screening results as well as providing counseling for families and proper referral are also important to the NP's scope of practice.
Melissa Santiago is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Columbia School of Nursing, New York, N.Y.
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