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Pediatric Alpha Thalassemia

What You Need to Know

Alpha thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder. It causes anemia.

Key Symptoms

Symptoms of alpha thalassemia are from anemia. They range from mild to severe and include pale or yellow skin, feeling tired, poor appetite or other symptoms.


The healthcare provider may give your child a physical exam or tests such as a complete blood count (CBC), peripheral smear, hemoglobin electrophoresis or DNA testing.


Treatment depends on the type of alpha thalassemia. Many children don’t need treatment.


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