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Pediatric Alpha Thalassemia

Key points about alpha thalassemia

  • Alpha thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder. It causes anemia.
  • It is caused by changes in the genes that control the production of hemoglobin.
  • The types are alpha thalassemia major, hemoglobin H disease and two forms of alpha thalassemia carrier.
  • Treatment depends on the type of alpha thalassemia. Many children don’t need treatment.

Prevention and Risk Assessment





Blood Disorders (Hematology)

From sickle cell disease to histiocyte disorders, Children’s National delivers expert care for any blood disorder diagnosis.