Hgb E/B + Thalassemia

Also known as: hemoglobin E/beta thalassemia.

What is Hgb E/B + thalassemia?

Hemoglobin is the protein in the blood that carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. Hemoglobin B and E are abnormal forms of hemoglobin. Thalassemia is a medical condition in which the body makes less hemoglobin than usual. It causes anemia.


What causes Hgb E/B + thalassemia?

Hemoglobin E or B and thalassemia are genetic disorders. A person can get the disease when one parent has the gene for hemoglobin E or B, and the other has the gene for thalassemia, and each parents passes their gene along to the child. This is a lifelong illness that can result in serious health problems.


What are the symptoms of Hgb E/B + thalassemia?

Possible symptoms of Hgb E/B + thalassemia include anemia, jaundice, tiredness, weakness, pale skin, poor appetite, repeat infection, abdominal swelling (liver or spleen), slow growth and other potential complications.


What are Hgb E/B + thalassemia care options?

People with Hgb E/B + thalassemia often require frequent blood transfusions in order to transport oxygen successfully throughout the body.


Reviewed by: Athena Pefkarou, MD

This page was last updated on: 10/29/2018 10:55:04 AM


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