What is the usual abbreviation for alpha-thalassemia?

Alpha-thalassemia does not have an abbreviation. However, the two types of alpha-thalassemia that can cause symptoms, hemoglobin Bart syndrome and hemoglobin H disease are abbreviated Hb Bart syndrome and HbH disease.

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Piel, F. & Weatherall, D. (2014). The alpha-thalassemias. The New England Journal of Medicine, 1908-1916. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1404415

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