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Thalassemia: Overview, Causes

Thalassemia: Overview, Causes

Definition Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, … Read more

Thalassemia: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs The most severe form of alpha thalassemia major causes stillbirth (death of the unborn baby during birth or the late stages of pregnancy). Children born with thalessemia major (Cooley’s anemia) are normal at birth, but develop severe … Read more

Thalassemia: Treatment

Treatment Treatment for thalassemia major often involves regular blood transfusions and folate supplements. If you receive blood transfusions, you should not take iron supplements. Doing so can cause a high amount of iron to build up in the body, which … Read more

Anemia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Anemia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Anemia is a medical condition in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is less than normal. The normal level of hemoglobin is generally different in males and females. For men, anemia is typically defined as hemoglobin level of … Read more