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Thalassemia

Thalassemia

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder which is characterized by less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells in one's blood than normal. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells which leads to anemia.

Hemoglobin, present in your red blood cells enables the cells to carry oxygen. Low hemoglobin levels and fewer red blood cells in disorders such as Thalassemia may cause anemia, leaving you exhausted. Thalassemia is caused by mutations in the DNA of cells that make hemoglobin. This is the substance in one's red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.