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Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia

versão impressa ISSN 1516-8484versão On-line ISSN 1806-0870

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PATAVINO, Giuseppina M. et al. Erythrocyte deformability in iron deficiency. Rev. Bras. Hematol. Hemoter. [online]. 2006, vol.28, n.4, pp.253-257. ISSN 1516-8484.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-84842006000400007.

Deformability allows the 7 to 8 µm red cell to cirDeformability allows the 7- to 8-µm red blood cells to circulate through capillaries of 3 µm. This phenomenon depends on cellular geometry, internal viscosity and viscoelastic properties of the membrane. Among the various techniques of erythrocyte deformability analysis, such as micropipette aspiration, filtration and reoscopy, we chose ektacytometry. This technique uses a laminar flow viscometry, where red blood cell shape changes are continuously monitored by laser, processed by a computer, generating the "Deformability Index", which shows the elliptocytogenesis of the erythrocyte under "shear stressl" force. Erythrocyte deformability has been described in a number of situations like hereditary or autoimmune hemolytic anemia. In respect to iron deficiency anemia, conclusions are controversial. The present study evaluates erythrocyte deformability in 21 patients with documented iron deficiency, using ectacytometry. Results obtained from deformability Index demonstrate diminished erythrocyte deformability in individuals with iron deficiency anemia, when compared to a control group (p< 0.0007). The present study suggests that the factor responsible for diminished erythrocyte deformability in iron deficiency is microcytosis. Recently, this anemia has been associated to thrombotic phenomenon, which has raised interest in the study of erythrocyte deformability, in order to understand these cases.

Palavras-chave : Erythrocyte deformability; ektacytometry; deformability index; iron deficiency.

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