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Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases: 19 Disease Panel

Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases: 38 Disease Panel

Sephardic/Mizrahi Jewish Genetic Diseases

Beta-Thalassemia (B-T)

A blood disorder that affects the production of the beta protein in hemoglobin leading to anemia and insufficient supply of oxygen throughout the body. There are two types of the disease: B-T Major (Cooley’s Anemia) is the most serious and B-T Intermedia which is less serious. Treatment may include blood transfusions causing a build-up of iron, requiring chelation therapy. Screening is done by complete a blood count (CBC) followed by DNA analysis if warranted.

Carrier Frequency: From 1 in 5 to 1 in 7 Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews

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