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Genetics

06 May 2011

World Thalassaemia Day

8 May 2011 is World Thalassaemia Day and the world over, the spotlight will be on thalassaemia, a condition that affects the lives of thousands.

8 May 2011 is World Thalassaemia Day and the world over, the spotlight will be on thalassaemia, a condition that affects the lives of thousands.

"Patients with thalassaemia major usually present at the age of six months to one year with severe life-threatening anaemia. It is a chronic lifelong condition requiring frequent blood transfusions - every three to four weeks for life," says Dr Yasmin Goga, a paediatric haematology consultant also based at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.

 

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