Survival and complications in thalassemia.

  title={Survival and complications in thalassemia.},
  author={Caterina Borgna-Pignatti and Maria Domenica Cappellini and Piero de Stefano and Giovanni Carlo Del Vecchio and Gian Luca Forni and Maria Rita Gamberini and Roberta Ghilardi and Raffaella Origa and Antonio Morales Piga and Maria Antonietta Romeo and Hanqing Zhao and Avital Cnaan},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
The life expectancy of patients with thalassemia major has significantly increased in recent years, as reported by several groups in different countries. However, complications are still frequent and affect the patients' quality of life. In a recent study from the United Kingdom, it was found that 50% of the patients had died before age 35. At that age, 65% of the patients from an Italian long-term study were still alive. Heart disease is responsible for more than half of the deaths. The… CONTINUE READING