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Thalassemia

Thalassemia is an inherited characteristic of the blood. It reduces the amount of hemoglobin in a human body, leading to anemia.
Deficiency or a lesser count of red blood cells, or too little hemoglobin in blood, is Anemia - which simply means a shortage of blood.

Children with Thalassemia are well at birth, but as they grow they are not able to make adult hemoglobin and usually become ill due to anemia before they are 18 months old. So they become pale, do not grow as well as they should, and often have a big spleen. Nearly all children with Thalassemia of any type become ill before 2 years of age, and need blood transfusions.
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Treatment

Blood Transfusion is one of the most regularly practiced treatments for Thalassemia. To be precise, the treatment is not blood transfusion, but transfusion of red blood cells. These transfusions are necessary to provide the patient with a temporary supply of healthy red blood cells with normal hemoglobin capable of carrying the oxygen that the patient's body needs.

Today, most patients with a major form of Thalassemia receive red blood cell transfusions every two to three weeks. There are three reasons for blood transfusions.

a. To correct anemia and make sure that tissues get a normal amount of..
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Section I: What is Thalassemia? How is it Inherited?
 
Section II: Thalassemia Major
Chapter   1.     What Happens in Thalassemia Major?
Chapter   2.     So You Want to know More?
Chapter   3.     Questions about Blood Transfusion
Chapter   4.     Questions about Bone-Marrow Transplantation
Chapter   5.     Questions about Iron Overload and Desferal
Chapter   6.     Questions about Splenectomy
Chapter   7.     Other problems in Thalassemia

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