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Thalassemias are a group of blood disorders that affect the way the body makes hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. It's made up of alpha globin and beta globin. Thalassemias are inherited conditions — they're carried in the genes and passed on from parents to children. People who are carriers of a thalassemia gene show no thalassemia symptoms and might not know they're carriers. If both parents are carriers, they can pass the disease to their kids. Thalassemias are not contagious.
HOW IS THALASSEMIA DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will do a physical exam to look for an enlarged spleen. A blood sample will be sent to a laboratory to be tested.
• Red blood cells will appear small and abnormally shaped when looked at under a microscope.
• A complete blood count (CBC) reveals anemia.
• A test called hemoglobin electrophoresis shows the presence of an abnormal form of hemoglobin.
• A test called mutational analysis can help detect alpha thalassemia.
HOW IS THALASSEMIA TREATED?
The treatment of Thalassemia depends upon the severity of the disease and some of the common treatments are blood transfusion, bone marrow transplant, or surgery to remove the gallbladder.
DID YOU KNOW?
People who have mild or minor forms of thalassemia can typically lead normal lives. Different forms of thalassemia can be severe to mild. In severe cases, heart failure is a danger.