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Beta Thalassemia (Cooley's anemia)

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.
  • What is beta thalassemia?
  • What causes beta thalassemia?
  • What are the symptoms of beta thalassemia?
  • How is beta thalassemia diagnosed?
  • Which children are at risk for beta thalassemia?
  • What are the complications of beta thalassemia?
  • How is beta thalassemia major treated?
  • When should I call my child's health care provider?