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Diseases » Thallessemia » Glossary
 

Glossary for Thallessemia

  • Anemia: Reduced ability of blood to carry oxygen from various possible causes.
  • 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.
  • Blood conditions: Conditions that affect the blood
  • Congenital conditions: Any condition that you are born with such as birth defects or genetic diseases.
  • Congenital conditions -- blood disorders: Congenital medical conditions affecting the blood at birth.
  • Genetic Disease: Any disease that is handed down to oneself through the chromosomes of ones parents
  • Hydrops fetalis: Abnormal accumulation of fluid in the fetus which can be fatal. Excessive fluid leaves the blood and enters the tissues. It can have non-immune and immune (mother's immune system destroys fetal red blood cells).
  • No symptoms: The absence of noticable symptoms.

 

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