Jefferson University Hospitals

Thalassemia

Thalassemia (both mild and severe) is an inherited blood disorder that causes you to have less hemoglobin than you need. Because of this, thalassemia can cause anemia and, in turn, fatigue. Other symptoms may include pale or yellow skin, slow growth, facial bone deformities, and shortness of breath. 

If you are someone who has thalassemia (alpha or beta), you will require either medical or surgical treatments. Specialists in Jefferson's Division of Hematology and the Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research are devoted to research into the causes of a wide variety of diseases of the blood and to the diagnosis and care of patients with blood and lymphatic diseases.

Our physicians have competence in all areas of hematology, with particularly well-recognized depth and experience in diseases affecting blood platelets, hemorrhagic (bleeding) and thrombotic (clotting) disorders, hematologic malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma) and other bone marrow disorders. In addition, our physicians have initiated and participated in a number of clinical trials of newer types of therapy for many of these disorders.