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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO SUFFER FROM MILD TO MODERATE FORMS OF BETA THALASSEMIA WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is beta thalassemia?

Thalassemia is a genetic condition involving the hemoglobin in red blood cells (RBCs) that results in anemia, which is inadequate numbers of red blood cells, or red blood cells that are under-sized. People with beta thalassemia have difficulty making adequate amounts of what is called "beta globin." This is one of two types of protein chains that comprise the adult form of hemoglobin. Beta thalassemia can develop as a very severe, difficult-to-manage condition called beta thalassemia major, also called Cooley anemia. Often, beta thalassemia major must be treated with frequent transfusions of RBCs and pregnancy rarely succeeds in such cases.4 For this reason, in this report, we focus on the less severe forms of beta thalassemia, which can vary from having almost no symptoms to a condition that is more serious, but not as severe as transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia major.


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