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Pediatric Alpha Thalassemia

Key Points about Alpha Thalassemia

  • Alpha thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder. It causes anemia.
  • It is caused by changes in the genes that control the production of hemoglobin.
  • The types are alpha thalassemia major, hemoglobin H disease and two forms of alpha thalassemia carrier.
  • Treatment depends on the type of alpha thalassemia. Many children don’t need treatment.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

  • What is alpha thalassemia?
  • What are causes of alpha thalassemia in children?
  • Which children are at risk for alpha thalassemia?
  • When should I call my child's health care provider?

Diagnosis

  • What are the symptoms of alpha thalassemia in children?
  • How is alpha thalassemia diagnosed in a child?

Treatment

  • How is alpha thalassemia treated in children?
  • What are the complications of alpha thalassemia in children?
  • How is alpha thalassemia managed in a child?
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