Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder caused by a defect in a gene. The condition causes the body to produce abnormal hemoglobin, which in turn causes anemia. Symptoms include weakness, fatigue, feeling faint, dark urine, and more. After a diagnosis is made, your doctor may treat thalassemia with folic acid, blood transfusions, or other treatments. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how thalassemia is caused, how to treat it, and much more.
WebMD's overview of the many types and causes of anemia.
How Anemia Is Diagnosed and Treated
WebMD's guide to the diagnosis and treatment of various types of anemia.
Symptoms of Anemia
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Thalassemia is a blood disorder that affects the ability of the blood to get oxygen to the body’s organs. Learn more about this genetic condition, and how it’s diagnosed and treated.