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Hydroxyurea (HU) and sodium phenylbutyrate (SPB) have been shown to increase fetal hemoglobin (Hb F) levels in patients with thalassemia intermedia. The reported effects of these agents in increasing total Hb, however, have been inconsistent and there have been no studies on the combination of these medications. We describe the clinical response, as(More)
Thalassemia is a chronic, inherited blood disorder, which, in its most severe form, causes life-threatening anemia. Advances in treatment have led to increased life expectancy however the need for chronic blood transfusions and chelation therapy remains a significant burden for patients. Our study compared health related quality of life (HRQOL) from the(More)
The impact of thalassemia major and thalassemia intermedia and their associated complications on quality of life (QOL) is largely unknown. Determining the degree of health impairment as perceived by the patient is essential information needed to recommend suitable therapy. The objective of this study was to evaluate QOL in transfusion-independent patients(More)
Thalassemia is one of the most common single-gene disorders that can be cured by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) from a human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-identical sibling donor. In families that have an affected child, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can be used to select an unaffected, HLA-identical embryo. In brief, this procedure(More)
Adherence to deferoxamine (DFO) is vital for the long-term survival of patients with thalassemia; however, currently no measure exists to quantify adherence directly. In this study, 90 patients with thalassemia major underwent liver iron concentration (LIC) assessment by SQUID biosusceptometer, were asked to rate their adherence to DFO using a Numerical(More)
Only a few long-term survivors of homozygous alpha-thalassemia, a usually fatal condition, have been reported. The authors present a surviving infant with this disorder and discuss the complications, treatments, and implications of this genetic hemoglobinopathy. The child had no antenatal intervention and has been treated with regular transfusions. She has(More)
Treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the general population has improved over the last decade. Patients treated with peginterferon alfa (PegIFN) and ribavirin (RBV) combination therapy demonstrate overall 50-55% sustained viral response (SVR) with rates as high as 80% in patients with genotypes 2 and 3. Because RBV induces hemolysis and subsequently(More)
This article outlines general strategies for outreaching to Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee communities with thalassemia education. Because of positive net migration and increased birthrates during the last 15 years, Asian Pacific Islanders are among the fastest growing populations in California. Dr. Fred Lorey of California Newborn Screening shows(More)
Cardiac arrhythmias are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality of transfusion-dependent, iron-overloaded beta-thalassemia patients. Routine screening with Holter electrocardiogram has been recommended; however, infrequent electrocardiographic changes limit its clinical usefulness. The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic yield(More)