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Diseases

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Thalassemia


Treatment

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How might thalassemia be treated?

The best treatment options depend on the severity of thalassemia. People affected by a mild form often need little to no treatment, while people with intermediate to severe thalassemias may require frequent blood transfusions, iron chelation therapy (treatments to remove excess iron from the body), and/or folic acid supplementation.[1][2]

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Last updated: 1/4/2015

References
  1. Explore Thalassemias. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. July 2012; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/thalassemia.
  2. Thalassemia. MedlinePlus. February 2014; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000587.htm.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Thalassemia. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
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