Tabassum Mehboob

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BACKGROUND Packed red blood cell (PRC) transfusion with iron chelation is the mainstay of treatment for patients with beta-thalassemia major. Hemoglobin F augmentation is another approach to treat this hemoglobinopathy. This study evaluates the efficacy and safety of hydroxyurea (HU) in minimizing PRC transfusions in patients with beta-thalassemia major. (More)
Trace elements play an important role in human health and disease. Trace elements participate in tissue, cellular and subcellular function. These include immunoregulation by both humoral and cellular mechanism, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, membrane potential regulation, and mitochondrial activity, among others (1, 2). Although these trace elements(More)
BACKGROUND Packed red blood cell (PRC) transfusion with iron chelation is the mainstay of treatment for β-thalassemia major. This prospective interventional trial serves as a follow up to our similar earlier study that evaluated the efficacy and safety of hydroxyurea (HU) in minimizing PRC transfusions in patients with β-thalassemia major. METHODS One(More)
β-thalassemia is characterized by impaired β-chain synthesis leading to ineffective erythropoiesis, severe anemia, and a need for blood transfusion. Presence of Xmn I polymorphism (-158 C-T nucleotide change) in γ-globin gene is associated with a higher fetal hemoglobin and a lesser clinical severity. This prospective study attempted to find out the effect(More)
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