What is thalassemia?
A person with thalassemia has an inherited disease that causes the body to produce abnormal hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen inside red blood cells. Thalassemia results in anemia.
What are the symptoms of thalassemia?
Symptoms of thalassemia include excessive fatigue, pale skin, difficulty breathing, slow growth, bone deformities, jaundice, and brown urine.
How does the doctor treat thalassemia?
Treatment for thalassemia may include blood transfusions, vitamin E supplements, folic acid supplements, a bone marrow transplant, and surgery to remove the spleen.
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