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How are beta-thalassemia and leukemia related?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Unrelated

Beta thal is a congenital disease-where there is defect on the beta- globin inside the rbc.
The severity of the disease depends on how many b- globin affected. Beta thal major is very debilitating- tansfusion dependent and only transplant can perhaps cure it. Leukemia however is malignancy of the progenitors of the white cells-in bone marrow. Different types of leukemia-acute vs chronic leukemia.

In brief: Unrelated

Beta thal is a congenital disease-where there is defect on the beta- globin inside the rbc.
The severity of the disease depends on how many b- globin affected. Beta thal major is very debilitating- tansfusion dependent and only transplant can perhaps cure it. Leukemia however is malignancy of the progenitors of the white cells-in bone marrow. Different types of leukemia-acute vs chronic leukemia.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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They both can cause decreased red blood cells.

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They both can cause decreased red blood cells.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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