At present, stem cell transplant is the only known cure for beta thalassaemia
The Department of Haematology at the Inkosi Luthuli Hospital now has between 4 000 and 5 000 gene carriers recorded, the majority of whom have beta thalassaemia
The spectrum of beta thalassaemia
mutations in the UAE national population.
In these cases investigation of other family members can provide important information regarding the inheritance and segregation of Hb E or beta thalassaemia
alleles within the family.
It is also indicated in the EU for the treatment of chronic iron overload when desferrioxamine is contraindicated or considered inadequate in patients with other anaemias, children aged two to five years and patients with beta thalassaemia
major with iron overload due to infrequent blood transfusions.
On the first attempt the foetus was found to have beta thalassaemia
major and she had an abortion.
An unnamed British couple hoped a so-called "saviour sibling" would help their child, who has the life-threatening condition beta thalassaemia
major, a form of anaemia leading to a lack of oxygen in the body.
The idea was that their IVF baby would be a bone marrow match for their son Zain, who suffers from a potentially fatal blood disorder, beta thalassaemia
But two attempts to produce a baby to save their four year-old son Zain, who has the rare blood disorder beta thalassaemia
, have failed.
The study demonstrated that series hereditary blood disorders (such as beta thalassaemia
and Sickle Cell Disease) were prevalent in approximately 10 per cent of the newborn Omani babies.