Sickle beta-plus thalassemia is a form of sickle cell disease. It describes the condition resulting from a hybrid of two genetic defects in the gene for making hemoglobin - an essential component of red blood cells. It occurs in the presence of one allele for sickling (deformed) hemoglobin, and one allele for moderate beta thalassemia. Sickle beta-plus thalassemia closely resembles a mild case of a sickle cell anemia. It is a lifelong condition, but not necessarily debilitating.
- Q How common is sickle beta-plus thalassemia?
- Q What are thalassemias?
- Q How do I care for someone with sickle beta-plus thalassemia?
- Q What are natural treatments for thalassemia?
- Q Do I need blood transfusions for sickle beta-plus thalassemia?
- Q How do other illnesses affect sickle beta-zero thalassemia?