Thalessemia Treatment

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Thalessemia Treatment Treatment depends on the type of talasaemia in question:- Alpha-thalassaemia often requires no treatment Beta-thalassameia requires treatment if the major varient is diagnosed o Blood transfusions every four to six weeks to raise haemoglobin levels may be needed o Regular use of a drug called Desferrioxamine may be indicated This reduces levels of iron in the tissues that accumulate from repeated blood transfusions. Excess iron can damage the liver, endocrine organs and the heart. The drug may be given by subcut infusion over 8-12 hours several timesa week o Bone marrow transplantation is the most effective treatment if carried out early in life. The procedure is only possible if a suitable donor is identified Surgical removal of the spleen may be needed in splenomegaly. In patients who have undergone a splenectomy secondary vaccines and immunisations are often needed to protect against infection. Prognosis
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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