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Pediatric Beta Thalassemia

Key points about beta thalassemia

  • Beta thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which a child has anemia.
  • It is caused by genetic defects that control the production of hemoglobin.
  • The types are beta thalassemia major, intermedia and minor.
  • Treatment includes regular blood transfusions.
  • Treatment for iron overload is needed after years of transfusions.
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