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Thalassemia comes from the Greek word "thalassemia" which means "anemia by-the-sea." The name thalassemia was coined at the University of Rochester in upstate New York by the Nobel Prize-winning pathologist George Whipple and the professor of pediatrics William Bradford from the Greek thalassa for sea and -emia meaning the blood. Thalassemia was first described by Cooley and Lee in 1925. Most of t ... Read More


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Asked By : Anonymous

Asked on : 09 Oct 2011   

My wife has quite sever thallasemia - her hemoglobin level when it was last tested was only 7.1. She gets dizzy quite often and also has a shortage of breath quite regularly.
Sopme doctors tell her that the only thing she can do is eat healthily and get plenty of rest. The most recent doctor told her she might start needing blood transfusions - and this was very distressing. What practical steps can be taken to make her feel better - in terms of diet, lifestyle, treatment etc? Also at what hemoglobin levels is it absolutely necessary to start getting bood transfusions?
Thanks very much.

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