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Indian J Pediatr. 2009 Apr;76(4):375-6. doi: 10.1007/s12098-009-0004-6. Epub 2009 Feb 10.

Effect of wheat grass therapy on transfusion requirement in beta-thalassemia major.

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Department of Hematology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. dr_drchoudhary@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the efficacy of wheat grass juice on transfusion requirement in patients with beta thalassemia major.

METHODS:

Fifty-three patients of thalassemia major with a median age of 16 years were given wheat grass juice tablets.

RESULTS:

The Mean pre and post wheat grass therapy, the pack cell requirement was 288.06 +/- 53.25 gm/Kg/year and 301.25 +/- 54.86 gm/Kg/year (p =0.054) respectively. No adverse effects were noted.

CONCLUSION:

We conclude that wheat grass therapy for one year is not effective in reducing the transfusion requirement in transfusion dependent thalassemia.

PMID:
19205635
DOI:
10.1007/s12098-009-0004-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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