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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: friend | 2007/08/07

Q.

thalassemia

My friend that i work withs granchild has thalassemia he is 3 years old, he goes regularly for blood and it was noted at his last visit that his iron levels are way up and his bone marrow is drying. Please can you give me some info on what they can expect - or how they should go about treating him now etc. are their support groups available in the durban area for thalassemis??

Thank you

Friend

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

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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