How is thalassemia minor treated?

Updated: Dec 19, 2018
  • Author: Pooja Advani, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Patients with thalassemia minor usually do not require any specific treatment. Inform patients that their condition is hereditary and that physicians sometimes mistake the disorder for iron deficiency. Some pregnant patients with the beta thalassemia trait may develop concurrent iron deficiency and severe anemia; they may require transfusional support if they are not responsive to iron repletion modalities.


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