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Lancet. 1989 Jul 1;2(8653):27-30.

Survival and causes of death in thalassaemia major.

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IRCCS San Matteo, Pavia, Italy.


Survival and causes of death were studied in 1087 Italian patients with thalassaemia major who were born on or after Jan 1, 1960. At the age of 15 years, the Kaplan-Meier estimate of survival after the first decade of life was 80.6% for subjects born in 1960-64, 84.2% for those born in 1965-69, and 96.9% for those born in 1970-74. At the age of 20 years, survival from the age of 10 was 59.1% for patients born in 1960-64, and 70.2% for those born in 1965-69; at 25 years, survival from the age of 10 was 40.7% in the 1960-64 cohort. Overall survival from birth for patients born in 1970-74 was 97.4% at 10 years, and 94.4% at 15 years. The most common cause of death was heart disease, followed by infection, liver disease, and malignancy.

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