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Thalassemia is a blood disorder that causes a low level of red blood cells (anemia). This condition is passed from parent to child (inherited) through gene mutations. These are abnormal changes to genes. The mutations make it hard for a person's body to make the protein in red blood cells (hemoglobin) that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Red blood cells do not live long without hemoglobin. Loss of red blood cells leads to anemia, which is the main symptom of thalassemia.
Thalassemia is a lifelong condition. There is no cure, but treatment can control symptoms and manage the condition.
You may need to see a health care provider who specializes in blood diseases (hematologist).
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