A 37-year-old member asked:
what are the treatments available for beta thalassemia?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
Blood transfusions: Beta thalassemia trait patients are non-anemic or mildly anemic, and they do not need treatment. Beta thalassemia intermedia patients have anemia, and sometimes they are severe enough to need occasional transfusions. Beta thalassemia major (cooley's anemia) patients are dependent on lifelong transfusions to survive, and they will eventually suffer from iron overload.
Answered on Nov 1, 2011
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