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Evaluation of Endocrine Complications in Beta-Thalassemia Intermedia Patients: A Cross Sectional Multi-Center Study

Karimi, M., Zarei, et al. Blood. 132 (Supplement 1). (2018)

The diagnosis of beta thalassemia intermedia (BTI) is mainly based on the severity of clinical phenotype. It is associated with a wide range of specific complications including extramedullary hematopoiesis, leg ulcers, gallstones, hypercoagulable state, pulmonary hypertension (PHT), endocrine disorders and osteoporosis.

The commonest endocrine complication in beta thalassemia major (TM) patients is hypogonadism followed by hypothyroidism and diabetes but the data on endocrine disorders in BTI patients are scarce. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of endocrine complications in a large series of BTI patients.

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