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: September 30, 2020 01:56 PM

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