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Beta-thalassemia major and sickle cell disease.


Beta-thalassemia major and sickle cell disease are genetic disorders of red blood cells, caused by abnormal hemoglobin. These hemoglobinopathies affect males and females equally. Both are chronic disorders requiring lifelong treatment for affected individuals and education and support for them and their families. Special nursing considerations for the care of women facing the unique challenges of these disorders will be discussed.

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