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Thalassemia Major

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Synonyms of Thalassemia Major

  • Beta Thalassemia Major
  • Cooley's Anemia
  • Erythroblastotic Anemia of Childhood
  • Hemoglobin Lepore Syndromes
  • Hereditary Leptocytosis, Major
  • Mediterranean Anemia
  • Microcythemia
  • Target Cell Anemia
  • Thalassemia, Major

Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Thalassemia major is a rare blood disorder characterized by a marked increase in F hemoglobin and a decrease in the production of certain oxygen carrying proteins in red blood cells (beta polypeptide chains in the hemoglobin molecule). Thalassemia major is the most severe form of chronic familial anemia that results from the premature destruction of red blood cells (hemolytic). This disease was originally found in people living near the Mediterranean Sea. People with this disorder also have a reduced number of circulating red blood cells (erythrocytes). Thalassemia major is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.

Organizations related to Thalassemia Major

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