Thalassemia: Symptom and Causes


The symptoms of Thalassemia depend on which type you have.
General symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pale appearance
  • Irritability
  • Yellow discoloration of skin (jaundice)
  • Facial bone deformities
  • Slow growth
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Dark urine

Thalassemia symptoms

Symptoms of beta-thalassemia  
  • Fussiness
  • Paleness
  • Frequent infections
  • Poor appetite
  • Failure to thrive
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Enlarged organs
Symptoms of alpha thalassemia
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Chest pain
  • Pale skin
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness and feeling faint
  • Shortness of breath


  • Thalassemia is caused by mutations in the DNA of cells that make haemoglobin.
  • The mutations associated with thalassemia are passed from parents to children.

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