Beta Thalassaemia Disease Home Blood Spot Sampling Kit

£49.00

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Beta thalassemia

Beta thalassemia belongs to a group of inherited blood disorders, also known as haemoglobinopathies. With this type of blood disorder, the body has fewer healthy red blood cells, which means that the body has less haemoglobin. This affects the amount of oxygen that can be transported around the body. Beta thalassemia means that the body specifically is not producing enough, or any, beta protein.

Beta thalassemia trait means that a person is just a carrier of the disease and does not normally experience any symptoms, other than occasional mild anemia. However, it is important to know if a person is a carrier to help understand how this may affect their children.

Beta thalassemia requires regular monitoring and treatment to prevent serious organ damage and to prevent a life-threatening situation. Even those that may only have beta thalassemia trait should be aware of their carrier status to be aware of the possibility of passing on a more serious form of the condition to their children.

Beta thalassaemia

Beta thalassaemia is more commonly found in people of Mediterranean background, as well as those from South Asian, South East Asian, and Middle Eastern origin.

Beta thalassaemia belongs to a group of inherited blood disorders, also known as haemoglobinopathies. With this type of blood disorder, the body has fewer healthy red blood cells, which means that the body has less haemoglobin. This affects the amount of oxygen that can be transported around the body. Beta thalassemia means that the body specifically is not producing enough, or any, beta protein.

As with other blood disorders, the most common symptoms a person may exhibit are likely to be increased fatigue and anaemia, but there may be other complications that can arise, depending on the number of faulty genes.

Beta thalassaemia major/ Colley’s anaemia is the most severe type of disorder and means that both beta proteins have faulty genes. A person with this condition is likely to suffer from tiredness, severe anaemia, problems with the heart, lungs, spleen and bones, slow growth and delayed puberty. Treatments include regular blood transfusions and sometimes treatments to remove excess iron from the body. In some cases, a bone marrow transplant may be required, but this comes with its risks.

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Why test?

Using the Home Blood Spot Sampling Kit to screen for beta thalassaemia is a quick and easy way to know your status for this condition.  If there is an indication that you require further advice or treatment, you will be able to discuss this with your doctor or healthcare professional.

– This is a screening test for research purposes only –

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Beta thalassaemia intermedia

is a milder form of the disease

Beta thalassaemia trait means that a person is just a carrier of the disease and does not normally experience any symptoms, other than occasional mild anaemia. However, it is important to know if a person is a carrier to help understand how this may affect their children.

Beta thalassaemia requires regular monitoring and treatment to prevent serious organ damage and to prevent a life-threatening situation. Even those that may only have beta thalassemia trait should be aware of their carrier status to be aware of the possibility of passing on a more serious form of the condition to their children.