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Thalassemia

Thalassemia: Introduction

Thalassemia: Thalassemia is an inherited disease of faulty synthesis of hemoglobin. The name is derived from the Greek word "thalassa" meaning "the sea" because the condition was ... more about Thalassemia.

Thalassemia: Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by abnormal synthesis of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin consists of two main protein chains called alpha and beta. There are two subtypes of the disorder (alpha and beta) depending on what portion of the hemoglobin is abnormally synthesized. Each of these subtypes can be further classified depending on the number of thalassemia genes involved. A total of four genes is needed to make each ? protein chains and two genes are needed to make each ? chain. The main symptom is anemia, the severity of which can vary amongst patients depending on how many defective genes are involved. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Thalassemia is available below.

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Thalassemia is an inherited disease of faulty synthesis of hemoglobin. The name is derived from the Greek word "thalassa" meaning "the sea" because the condition was first described in populations living near the Mediterranean Sea; however, the disease is also prevalent in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

Definitions of Thalassemia:

An inherited form of anemia caused by faulty synthesis of hemoglobin - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Thalassemia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Thalassemia, or a subtype of Thalassemia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

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