Beta thalassemia: Introduction
Beta thalassemia: Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by abnormal synthesis of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin consists of two main protein chains called alpha and beta. Beta thalassemia involves defects in one or more of the two 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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causes, and treatments of Beta thalassemia is available below.
Symptoms of Beta thalassemia
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Treatments for Beta 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
- Blood transfusions, removal (chelation) of iron buildup in body due to blood transfusion, folic acid supplements, surgical removal of spleen or stem cell transplant. Genetic counseling is recommended
- Treatment of beta thalassemia depends on whether the patient is heterozygous (thalassemia minor) or Homozygous (thalassemia major) Treatments include:
- No treatment - for those with thalassemia minor
- Blood transfusion - lifelong for those with the severe homozygous form
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Causes of Beta thalassemia
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Prognosis for Beta thalassemia
Prognosis for Beta 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 Beta thalassemia
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Definitions of Beta thalassemia:
Beta thalassemia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Beta thalassemia, or a subtype of Beta 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 Beta thalassemia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet
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