Thalassemia - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctors treat thalassemia?

A hematologist and General Physician are usually the primary treating doctors. However, given the co-morbidities, a robust health eco-system will include a cardiologist, endocrinologist and gastroenterologist.

2. When is the best time to have a thalassemia test if I am a carrier?

The best time to have a thalassemia test is before you start a family or are at the start of pregnancy.

3. My child has beta thalassemia major, can it be cured?

Yes it can be cured. Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) is the best solution for this condition.

4. Which treatment is best: cord blood or bone marrow?

Best possible results, quality of care are with standard BMT. There is no strong evidence that cord blood is superior to bone marrow for treating thalassemia.

5. What is the success rate for using Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) to cure thalassemia?

BMT can give an 80-90% cure probability, with 5% mortality rate and a 10% chance of refusal (leaving them thalassemic).

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Very good. It will help Thalassemia children and parents to learn more about Thalassemia.

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dear dr sahib
to day i saw your website on internet and i am very impress that u trying to treat thalassemia. i have a problumb that i want to tell you i have 9mounth baby he hase thalassemia Major we tried alot to treat him but invain becouse we also tried for Bone marrow transplant but his brother and sister bothe result wer matchless now we want to know abt any other treatment which serve our child in this case we need ur help if u have any treatment or know abt any perfect treatment please inform us i will be waiting for your reply .

what is difference between bonemarrow & Cord blood stem cell transplantation? Which is the successful method or the estimated successful percentage for this? I thank Dr. Revathi Raj for hard work for his big acheivement. I am a father of 2+ Thalasemic boy.

ThankfulMom

Dr.Reavathy Raj is a great expert in the field of Hematology. She tailors treatments that will best suit the individual patients. She is Great.

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