What it is and How to Get Help
What is Thalassemia?
- The body has less hemoglobin and red blood cells than normal.
- Affects the way the body makes hemoglobin
- HBB gene on the 11th Chromosome is mutated
- Autosoamal Recessive
How is This Disorder Diagnosed?
- A doctor will do a physical exam to look for an enlarged spleen.
- A blood sample will be tested
What Are the Treatment Options?
- Frequent blood transfusions
- Folate supplements
- Medical geneticist gene counseling
Who Has This Disorder?
- This disorder is rare in America.
- 20,000 to 200,000 US cases per year
- People of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Asian and African ancestry are more likely to have this disorder .
- This area was high in Malaria and Thalassemia cut down in the disease, but caused other issues.
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