What are Haemoglobinopathies?
Haemoglobinopathies are among the most common inherited diseases in the world.
They are categorised into two main groups: Thalassemia Syndromes and Structural Haemoglobin variants.
α- and β-thalassemia are the main types of thalassemia; the main structural haemoglobin variants are HbS, HbE and HbC.
There are many clinical manifestations of the haemoglobinopathies which can range from mild hypochromic anaemia to moderate haematological disease to severe, lifelong, transfusion-dependent anaemia that may have multiorgan involvement.
WHAT TYPES OF TREATMENT ARE THERE?
Stem-cell transplantation is required for some forms of thalassemia. Supportive, rather than curative, treatment can sometimes consist of periodic blood transfusions for life, combined with iron chelation.
We take a consultative approach to treatment and management of your condition that may involve multiple treatment types. These would be discussed with you at length to ensure you understand all the options available.
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