review | thalassemia


Thalassemia is a favoured genetics exam question, and a surprisingly common condition, depending on where you work. It’s likely that you’ll come across a patient with thalassemia at one stage or another, and it’s important to know both the work-up initially but also the complications of the condition and the treatment. 

Both the BMJ and the Lancet have review articles on the topic this month, the former providing a general overview for the non-haematologist, and the latter focusing more on the genetics and the future of gene and cell based therapies.

Both are great reads – the BMJ article is here, and the Lancet article is here.


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