Thalassemia

Living reference work entry

Abstract

The term thalassemia was first applied to the anemias encountered frequently in people of the Italian and Greek coasts and nearby islands. The term now refers to a group of inherited disorders of globin chain synthesis. Thalassemia comprises of a group of hemoglobinopathies, which are classified according to the specific globin chain (α or β) whose synthesis is impaired. Thus, α-thalassemia and β-thalassemia are depression of synthesis of the respective chain.

Keywords

Depression Osteoporosis Electrophoresis Anemia Folic Acid 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical geneticsShriners Hospitals for ChildrenShreveportUSA
  2. 2.Perinatal and Clinical Genetics, Department of PediatricsLSU Health Sciences CenterShreveportUSA

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