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Beta thalassemia anemia and ice cravings?

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Dr. Scott Adams
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: A type of pica

Craving ice is a common symptom seen among patients with thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and other chronic anemias.
Why this occurs is not fully understood.

In brief: A type of pica

Craving ice is a common symptom seen among patients with thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and other chronic anemias.
Why this occurs is not fully understood.
Dr. Scott Adams
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe, maybe not

Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia.
Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia.

In brief: Maybe, maybe not

Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia.
Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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