Women's Health Series: Thalassaemia (8)

Thalassaemia Major is a serious form of anaemia which is inherited from both parents. The aim of this booklet is to provide useful and supportive information.

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Date Posted: 6 December 2013






Our blood carries oxygen from the lungs to every part of our bodies. Oxygen is carried in the haemoglobin which is part of the red blood cells. People with Thalassaemia Major cannot produce enough haemoglobin within their blood cells. When there is not enough oxygen in the blood we become anaemic. Thalassaemia Major is not contagious or infectious. It is inherited.

If you are concerned that you may have Thalassaemia Trait, you can ask your doctor to refer you to the local hospital for a test. A simple blood test tells you whether you have inherited the Thalassaemia Trait.

Further information

For further information on Thalassaemia, download our leaflet. The Thalassaemia Society also provides information, support and counselling. Contact them at:

UK Thalassaemia Society
19 The Broadway
Southgate Circus
N14 6PH

Tel: 020 8882 0011
e-mail: office@ukts.org
website: www.ukts.org

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Women's Health Series: Thalassaemia (8) was correct at date of publication December 2013.