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Thallassaemia is caused by the inheritance of a defective gene. There are two types of thallassaemia - alpha thallassaemia and beta thallasaemia. (alpha thalassemias occur most commonly in people from south east Asia and China).
It is an a hereditary disorder characterized by defective production of haemoglobin which leads to a decreased production and increased destruction of red blood cells.
Genes must be inherited from both parents to acquire the disease. If one gene is inherited, the person will be a carrier of the disease, but will not have symptoms.
Thallassaemia is also known as Mediterranean anaemia and Cooley's anaemia.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Thalassaemia Screen blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Thalassaemia Screen test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Thalassaemia Screen test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Thalassaemia Screen test results.
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