Beta-Thalassemia is a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin, leading to a lack of oxygen to many parts of the body. People affected with this condition also have a shortage of red blood cells (anemia). There are two types of Beta-Thalassemia that cause symptoms: Thalassemia Major (Cooley’s Anemia) and Thalassemia Intermedia. Thalassemia Major is more severe. A third type, Beta Thalassemia Minor, does not cause any symptoms. Treatment may include blood transfusions. Possible physical impairment. Shortened lifespan for Thalassemia Major; normal lifespan for Thalassemia Intermedia and Thalassemia Minor. Treatment available.

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