Hgb H Constant Spring
Also known as: hemoglobin H – constant spring.
What is Hgb H constant spring?
Hgb H disease is a form of alpha thalassemia, a medical condition in which the body makes less hemoglobin than usual. It causes anemia. There are four genes that contribute to the making of hemoglobin. When a person is missing three of these genes, the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin known as hemoglobin H. Hemoglobin H – constant spring is a particular severe form of Hgb H disease that can cause of number of problems.
What causes Hgb H constant spring?
Hgb H constant spring is a genetic disease, and the abnormal genes are passed along from parents to their children. Parents are missing one or two genes and the child receives only one gene.
What are the symptoms of Hgb H constant spring?
Possible symptoms of Hgb H constant spring include anemia, jaundice, gallstones, growth retardation, spleen problems, spleen failure, vein thrombosis and an increased risk of infections.
What are Hgb H constant spring care options?
Hgb H constant spring can be severe. Many people with the disease require regular blood transfusions and iron chelation in order to live a healthy life.
Reviewed by: Athena Pefkarou, MD
This page was last updated on: 10/29/2018 10:21:22 AM
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