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Is thalassemia treatable?

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By blood transfusion: In thalassemia patients who are very anemic, and have symptoms from their anemia, periodic transfusions is the usual treatment. If they have had many transfusions, their bodies will get iron overload from the past transfusions (chelation therapy to remove iron may be needed). The cure for thalassemia major is through bone marrow transplantation.

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Yes: There are different treatments for thalassemia depending on the type and severity of disease. Currently the only curative option is a bone marrow transplant. However, gene therapy may be possible and is currently in clinical trials. Other supportive care include blood transfusions and treatment for iron overload/ iron chelation.

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