What Should You Know About Thalassemia?
Thalassemia is a group of genetic blood disorders that affect approximately 1,000 individuals in the United States. The most severe of these disorders is Cooley’s Anemia.
People with thalassemia have a genetic defect of their red blood cells that affects the cells’ ability to produce normal hemoglobin. Red blood cells use hemoglobin to carry oxygen to tissues. As a result of the defect, most forms of thalassemia produce a chronic, lifelong anemia that begins in early childhood and often must be treated with frequent transfusions.
CDC is developing a new program to establish a surveillance system to monitor blood safety for thalassemia patients, establish a network of specialized health-care centers to promote the management, treatment, and prevention of complications experienced by persons with thalassemia. For more information?
- National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
- Cooley’s Anemia Foundation icon
- Thalassaemia International Federation
- Kids Health
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- Sickle Cell Disease
- Women’s Blood Disorders
- CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Content source: Division of Blood Disorders, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention