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Thalassemias are inherited blood disorders. If you have one, your body makes fewer healthy red blood cells and less hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen to the body. That leads to anemia. Thalassemias occur most often among people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Southern Asian, and African descent.

Thalassemias can be mild or severe. Some people have no symptoms or mild anemia. The most common severe type in the United States is called Cooley's anemia. It usually appears during the first two years of life. People with it may have severe anemia, slowed growth and delayed puberty, and problems with the spleen, liver, heart, or bones.

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  1. Thalassemia (National Library of Medicine)  
    Thalassemias are inherited blood disorders. If you have one, your body makes fewer healthy red blood cells ... oxygen to the body. That leads to anemia. Thalassemias occur most often among people of Italian, Greek, ...
  2. Mediterranean anemia; Cooley's anemia; Beta thalassemia; Alpha thalassemia ... of two proteins: Alpha globin and beta globin. Thalassemia occurs when there is a defect in a ...
  3. ... Genetic testing OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Alpha thalassemia X-linked intellectual disability syndrome On this page: ... Glossary definitions Reviewed August 2009 What is alpha thalassemia X-linked intellectual disability syndrome? Alpha thalassemia X- ...
  4. Genetics Home Reference: Alpha thalassemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... Research studies OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Alpha thalassemia On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... Glossary definitions Reviewed August 2009 What is alpha thalassemia? Alpha thalassemia is a blood disorder that reduces ...
  5. Genetics Home Reference: Beta thalassemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... Research studies OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Beta thalassemia On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... Glossary definitions Reviewed July 2009 What is beta thalassemia? Beta thalassemia is a blood disorder that reduces ...
  6. Thalassemia (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)  
    ... this page It's been added to your dashboard . Thalassemia Thalassemia is a general name for a group ... Asian and African ancestry (3). What is alpha thalassemia? There are at least five main types of ...
  7. Learning about Thalassemia From the National Institutes of Health (National Human Genome Research Institute)  
    ... genetic terms used on this page. Learning About Thalassemia What do we know about heredity and thalassemia? ... Information What do we know about heredity and thalassemia? Thalassemia is actually a group of inherited diseases ...
  8. About Thalassemia (Cooley's Anemia Foundation)  
    Thalassemia: A Basic Description Thalassemia is the name of a group of genetic blood disorders. To understand ... differences between the various types of thalassemia. Alpha Thalassemia People whose hemoglobin does not produce enough alpha ...
  9. What Causes Thalassemias? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Causes Thalassemias? Your body makes three types of blood cells: ... have inherited faulty genes from both parents. Alpha Thalassemias You need four genes (two from each parent) ...
  10. Alpha Thalassemia (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)  
    Thalassemias Thalassemias are a group of blood disorders that affect the way the body makes hemoglobin, a ... results in that type of thalassemia. About Alpha Thalassemia Alpha thalassemia occurs when the gene that controls ...
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