What is Beta-thalassemia?
Beta thalassemia is a life-long disease. People with beta thalassemia have abnormal hemoglobin, which is a part of a red blood cell that carries oxygen to all areas of the body. In people with beta thalassemia, low levels of hemoglobin lead to a lack of oxygen in many parts of the body. Affected individuals also have a shortage of red blood cells (anemia), which can cause pale skin, weakness, fatigue, and more serious complications. Individuals with thalassemia often require frequent blood transfusions or hospitalization.
SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/beta-thalassemia/overview/2552 • DATE UPDATED: 2016-07-07
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