Our expert says:
Thallasemia is an inherited disease where the red blood cells do not make normal hemoglobin ( the iron component that carries oxygen in the blood) Thalassemia, which usually affects people of Mediterranean, African, and Southeast Asian descent, is marked by abnormal and short-lived red blood cells. Thalassemia major, also called Cooley's anemia, is a severe form of anemia in which red blood cells are rapidly destroyed and iron is deposited in the skin and vital organs. Thalassemia minor involves only mild anemia and minimal red blood cell changes.
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