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:
- 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: December 18, 2020 05:08 PM
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Thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body produces hemoglobin that doesn’t function properly.
A blood transfusion is when blood is infused into the body to replace missing blood.