Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of beta thalassemia?

Updated: Dec 19, 2018
  • Author: Pooja Advani, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Drinking tea may help to reduce iron absorption through the intestinal tract. Vitamin C may improve iron excretion in patients receiving iron chelation, especially with deferoxamine. [17] However, anecdotal reports suggest that large doses of vitamin C can cause fatal arrhythmias when administered without concomitant infusion of deferoxamine.

Patient activity may be limited secondary to severe anemia.


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