Thalassemia refers to a group of inherited blood disorders, which typically appear in the first two years of life and last the lifetime.
In thalassemia, inadequate hemoglobin (protein in red blood cells) is available in the cell formation process. As a consequence, many red blood cells are poorly formed and unable to carry adequate oxygen from the lungs to the body.
There are different types of thalassemia, including Cooley's anemia and Mediterranean anemia.
Severe thalassemia patients may require frequent blood transfusions and treatment for excess iron to prevent severe complications.
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