Alpha thalassemia: Introduction
Alpha thalassemia: Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by abnormal synthesis of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin consists of two main protein chains called alpha and beta. Alpha thalassemia involves defects in one or more of the four genes required to make each ? protein chain. The main symptom is anemia, the severity of which can vary amongst patients depending on how many defective genes are involved.
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Symptoms of Alpha thalassemia
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Treatments for Alpha thalassemia
- Mild cases may require no treatment. Regular blood transfusions are required in more severe cases. Removal (chelation) of iron buildup in body due to blood transfusion, folic acid supplements, surgical removal of spleen or allogeneic hematopoietic transplant may be helpful in some cases. Genetic counseling is recommended
- No treatment - for mild cases
- Folate supplementation as deficiency often occurs with high cell turnover
- Blood transfusion
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Alpha thalassemia: Deaths
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Alpha thalassemia: Complications
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Causes of Alpha thalassemia
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Prognosis for Alpha thalassemia
Prognosis for Alpha thalassemia:
The prognosis varies depending on how severe the condition is but even the most severe form can result in a reasonable prognosis if treatment is delivered and complications are managed appropriately.
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Clinical Trials for Alpha thalassemia
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Definitions of Alpha thalassemia:
Alpha thalassemia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Alpha thalassemia, or a subtype of Alpha thalassemia,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Ophanet, a consortium of European partners,
currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000.
They list Alpha thalassemia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet
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