Stem Cell Transplant Cured Thalassemia

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Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes too much hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells and anemia.
Severe thalassemia can cause early death due to heart failure a. Frequent blood transfusions with therapy to remove iron from the body helps improve the outcome.

An eight year old girl was treated with a combo package of stem cell transplant. The transplanted stem cells were collected from different sources of her one year old brother, some portion of required stem cells came from cord blood, which was harvested from the umbilical cord of her brother.

In a Dr. Revathy Raj, Consultant Paediatric Haemato Oncologist, Apollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, though thalassemia is cured but the patient should be very careful regarding the risk of infection at least for a year, as she will be having immuno-supressing drugs for one year to minimize the rejection risk of the transplanted stem cells.

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