Thallasaemia is a relatively common inherited blood disorder in which the child 's bone marrow is unable to make enough haemoglobin. As a result the child develops a severe anaemia.Thallassaemia is more common in children of Mediterrranean descent or from the Indian sub-continent.Children with this condition must be under the care of a paediatric haematologist.There will be a Haematology department in the Paediatric Department at the Medical School in Durban. There are many new treatments available and when iron levels are too high this has to be treated by a process called chelation therapy.
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