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Were you looking for information about Thalassemia? Thalassaemia is a common alternate spelling of thalassemia.
Thalassemia is an inherited condition that affects a person's ability to produce hemoglobin in red blood cells -- the genes that code for hemoglobin are either missing or different from normal genes. Alpha thalassemia occurs when there is a problem with the alpha-globin chain. Beta thalassemia occurs when there is a problem with the beta-globin chain.
With mild cases, symptoms are not often present. With more severe cases of thalassemia, however, symptoms can include fatigue, pale skin, protruding stomach, and dark urine. Treatment options will depend on the type and severity of the disease, but can include blood transfusions, iron chelation therapy, and bone marrow transplants.
(Click Thalassemia for a detailed look at the condition, including causes, types, treatment options, and the chances of a child inheriting the gene responsible for the condition. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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