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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005;1054:25-32.

Alpha-thalassemia: Hb H disease and Hb Barts hydrops fetalis.

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Department of Medicine and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine, 88 East Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118, USA. david.chui@bmc.org

Abstract

alpha-Thalassemia mutations are one of the most common mutations of man, and they cause Hb H disease and Hb Barts hydrops fetalis. Hb H disease is not necessarily a benign disorder as has been generally thought. Furthermore, in southern China and in Southeast Asia, there are 2-3 times more fetuses afflicted with the invariably fatal Hb Barts hydrops fetalis than with the beta-thalassemia major or intermedia. These findings underscore the public health importance of these hereditary disorders, and they call for better education, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research for these diseases.

PMID:
16339648
DOI:
10.1196/annals.1345.004
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