Thalassemia Care and Treatment
Why Choose Treatment for Thalassemia at University of Colorado Hospital?
UCH physicians are certified in their fields. They're faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, so they have to keep current with the latest research findings and treatment therapies.
The hospital is involved with anemia research and treatment at the National Institutes of Health. The hospital is a nationally recognized leader in the field.
What is Thalassemia?
Thalassemia is a hereditary blood disorder that causes anemia (low red blood cell counts). The disorder reduces the amount of hemoglobin in the blood. If left untreated, thalassemia can cause damage to the organs and tissues of the body.
Treatments for thalassemia vary depending on the severity of the disease and include:
- Blood transfusions
- Surgery on organs that are affected by the disease
- Supplements to increase folic acid, a vitamin that helps the body produce red blood cells
- Bone marrow transplants in severe cases. Bone marrow is responsible for the production of red blood cells