What are the treatments available for beta thalassemia?

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.

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What is the latest successful treatment of beta thalassemia disies?

severity? From your description, i assume you have severe symptoms. Transfusions are the mainstay. Splenectomy will help the enlarged spleen. Chelation will help the iron overload. The best hope for cure is stem cell transplantation, if available to you but is risky and expensive. Read more...

I was diagnosed with heterozygous beta thalassemia. My iron levels was 6. This concerned me. Friend said iron treatment i'll get sick? What to do?

I'm a bit skeptical. I find it surprising that a diagnosis of beta thal trait could have gone undiscovered for 37 years. Moreover, in the context of fe deficiency (which is suggested by a serum fe of 6), you can't definitively diagnose beta-thal trait. In an fe replete state, beta thal trait is suggested by a hemoglobin a2 (alpha2/delta2) of >3.5% i would correct the fe deficiency, then repeat the hgba2 quantitation. Read more...
Need further eval. Beta thalassemia trait (heterozygous) means you have one copy of the beta thalassemia gene and you may have smaller red blood cells and mildly low hemoglobin (mild anemia). You should not take iron unless you are proven to be iron deficient which can be checked by looking at your ferritin level with iron levels. If you are deficient, you should take iron which will make you feel better. Read more...
Taking iron with... ...Thalassemia is only really dangerous with homozygous thalassemia. Iron level of 6 is low by our standards; if ferritin is also low, and TIBC is high, you do need iron. Read more...

What I need to do once I had diagnose "beta thalassemia" by doctor? What treatment I should do? Please help me doctor..

Beta thallasemia. You should ask your doctor2give u info. On the type of thal. U have. You may have the "minor" kind if u just got diagnosed. Eat foods that contain iron naturally instead of taking iron pills. The red blood cells that break down deposit iron in ur liver. So even if u r anemic it is not due 2 iron deficiency & if you take supplemental iron, you may add more iron 2 ur liver & it gets damaged faster. Read more...
Nothing. If you were just diagnosed with beta thalassemia at age 26, you must have the "minor" form, beta-thalassemia trait. You most likely have mild microcytic anemia that has been present all of your life. The only issue is that if your partner has beta-thalassemia trait, then you could have a child with severe transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia major. Read more...

Can people who have undergone splenectomy due to beta thalassemia undergo root canal treatment?

Yes but! Dental treatment can be preformed but certain things have to be taken into consideration. First consult your hematologist. Treatment should be done shortly after you have a transfusion. Do not undergo treatment if your hemoglobin level is lower then 100gl/l. Since you have had a previous splenectomy you should take an antibiotic prophylactically. Read more...
Yes. Consider antibiotic prophylaxis, and have the treatment done shortly after blood transfusion. Check hemaglobin levels and make sure they are above 100 gl/l. Read more...