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Thalassemia Minor

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About

Thalassemia is an inherited disorder of the blood which is characterized by a low level of hemoglobin and red blood cells in a person’s body.

Thalassemia affects approximately 4.4 of every 10,000 live births throughout the world. [1]

-Requires a medical diagnosis
-Requires lab tests or imaging
- Can be chronic and lifelong
-Treatment can help, but no cure is available

The low hemoglobin and lack of red blood cells may also cause anemia. If a person’s parents suffer from Thalassemia, he/she is at a higher risk of being affected by it.

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of Thalassemia include the following:
- Excessive tiredness or Fatigue
- Weakness
- Pale or yellowish skin
- Deformities of the facial bone
- Slow growth
- Abdominal swelling
- Dark urine
The visible symptoms of the disease may be absent initially and show up in later stages of adolescence.

Treatment

Self-care: There is no cure for Thalassemia. However, effective management can lead you to a normal life.

Thalassemia Minor does not require any treatment if it does not interfere with your daily functioning. Medication and supplements containing iron can be taken.
Medication: If symptoms worsen, one of the following methods may be adopted:
- Blood transfusions, in this case, the subject is advised to abstain from iron-based supplements

- Bone Marrow Transplant
- Surgical intervention to remove the spleen or gallbladder
- Chelation therapy may be advised in case you’re receiving a blood transfusion. This helps your body to get rid of extra iron.

Specialists: People with a mild or minor form of Thalassemia can lead normal lives. If symptoms worsen, then medical care must be sought. Our doctors at mfine help you deal with all your health issues through a holistic approach towards treatment.

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