Homozygous beta thalassemia in a black adult: follow-up after two decases.


A 54-year-old woman, perhaps the oldest living American black with homozygous beta thalassemia, has had a relatively benign clinical course since her case was first reported two decades ago. Despite progressive splenomegaly, she has remained active without blood transfusions. This case emphasizes the mildness of homozygous beta thalassemia in black subject.