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Beta Thalassemia (Pediatrics)

Beta Thalassemia Major—Supportive Therapies and Procedures

Effect of antioxidant therapy on hepatic fibrosis and liver iron concentrations in β-thalassemia major patients.

Elalfy MS, Adly AA, Attia AA, Ibrahim FA, Mohammed AS, Sayed AM.

Source‎: Hemoglobin 2013;37(3):257-76.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23565660

DOI‎: 10.3109/03630269.2013.778866

Experience with laparoscopic splenectomy.

Esposito C, Schaarschmidt K, Settimi A, Montupet P.

Source‎: J Pediatr Surg. 2001;36(2):309-11.

Indexed‎: PubMed 11172422

Treatment of vitamin D deficiency in transfusion-dependent thalassemia.

Fung EB, Aguilar C, Micaily I, Haines D, Lal A.

Source‎: Am J Hematol 2011;86(10):871-3.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21818763

DOI‎: 10.1002/ajh.22117


Galanello R, Origa R.

Source‎: Orphanet J Rare Dis 2010;5(1):11.

Indexed‎: PubMed 20492708

DOI‎: 10.1186/1750-1172-5-11

Partial radiofrequency ablation of the spleen in thalassemia.

Hashemieh M, Akhlaghpoor S, Azarkeivan A, Azizahari A, Shirkavand A, Sheibani K.

Source‎: Diagn Interv Radiol. 2012;18(4):397-402.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22328281

DOI‎: 10.4261/1305-3825.DIR.4537-11.1

Wheat grass juice reduces transfusion requirements in patients with thalassemia major: a pilot study.

Marawaha RK, Bansal D, Kaur S, Trehan A.

Source‎: Indian Pediatr 2004;41(7):716-720.

Indexed‎: PubMed 15297687

The effect of folic acid supplementation in beta-thalassemia major: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Mojtahedzadeh F, Kosaryan M, Mahdavi MR, Akbari J.

Source‎: Arch Iran Med 2006;9(3):266-8.

Indexed‎: PubMed 16859064

Effect of wheat grass tablets on the frequency of blood transfusions in Thalassemia Major.

Singh K, Pannu MS, Singh P, Singh J.

Source‎: Indian J Pediatr 2010;77(1):90-1.

Indexed‎: PubMed 20135271

DOI‎: 10.1007/s12098-010-0002-8

Laparoscopic splenectomy in patients under the age of eighteen. Experience in 18 cases.

Vecchio R, Marchese S, Gelardi V, Vicari S, Cacciola E, Cacciola RR, Intagliata E.

Source‎: G Chir. 2011;32(5):279-85.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21619784

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