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Thalassaemia of intermediate severity resulting from the interaction between alpha- and beta-thalassaemia.
  1. S Musumeci,
  2. G Schilirò,
  3. G Pizzarelli,
  4. A Fischer,
  5. G Russo


    A Sicilian family is described in which the alpha-thalassaemia gene is interacting in several members with beta-thalassaemia resulting in a balanced alpha/beta chain production ratio. In one patient, affected by homozygous beta-thalassaemia, the presence of alpha-thalassaemia resulted in a less severe clinical expression of the disease, less marked imbalance in the alpha/non-alpha ratio, and a lower level of HbF. Further studies of haemoglobin synthesis are needed to clarify the complex genetic picture that results from the interaction of different forms of thalassaemia.

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