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John Koutelekos, Nikolaos Haliasos

Sunday, September 1, 2013

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Thalassaemia or Cooley's anaemia is an inherited disorder characterised by absent or decreased production of one of the normal globin chains of haemoglobin in the red blood cells. The introduction of new drugs capable of reducing the accumulation of iron in body organs due to frequent blood transfusions, particularly the heart, liver and pancreas, has dramatically improved survival rates and the life expectancy. Despite these innovative therapeutic strategies the treatment of  thalassaemia, the fear for the disease itself and for the possible complications of invasive medical procedures still affect the quality of life of the entire family. 

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