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- n. An inherited form of anemia occurring chiefly among people of Mediterranean descent, caused by faulty synthesis of part of the hemoglobin molecule.
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- n. Any of a group of inherited disorders in which the amount of hemoglobin in the blood is reduced
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- n. an inherited form of anemia caused by faulty synthesis of hemoglobin
His condition, thalassemia, is caused by defective gene that codes for hemoglobin structure.
The red blood cells in thalassemia patients are distorted and sometimes immature, containing a nucleus.
One of the few clear signs from antiquity is a condition called thalassemia, another defect of hemoglobin.
One example is a form of anemia called thalassemia, which is due to inherited defects in the genetic material.
Usually 2 weeks treatment is enough for children, although in some areas children with sickle cell disease, or a kind of anemia called thalassemia may need it for years.
Nonetheless, single-gene disorders of the blood, such as thalassemia and sickle cell disease, are among the most common inherited maladies in the world.
Bone marrow transplantation can cure severe inherited disorders such as thalassemia and disorders of the immune system as well as leukemia and aplastic anemia.
This is true for severe blood disorders such as thalassemia and also for other inherited disorders caused by deficiences in bone marrow or immunologically active cells like severe combined immunodeficiency disease.
"Blood disorders such as thalassemia are painful, crippling, life-long diseases that currently have no cure," said Majid Yaziji, director of the Thalassemia Centre in Idlib city.
This was aimed at lowering the prevalence of hereditary diseases, particularly blood disorders such as thalassemia and sickle cell anaemia.
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