Information in simple English

What is thalassemia?

Thalassemia is a inherited blood problem that affect the body’s capacity to supply hemoglobin and red blood cells.


What are the signs of thalassemia?

  • Feeling tired
  • Faded skin
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Yellowish skin 
  • Darkish urine

What is the cause for thalassemia?

  • Molecular genetics (dominance)

How is thalassemia treated?

  • blood transfusion 
  • iron chelation :  agents are used to eliminate heavy metals from the body.
  • folic acid: nutritional supplements e.g. vitamin B9 and folacin