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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Thalassemia Intermedia As A Result Of Heterozygosis For β0-thalassemia And αααanti-3.7/αα Genotype In A Brazilian Patient
Author: Kimura E.M.
Grignoli C.R.E.
Pinheiro V.R.P.
Costa F.F.
Sonati M.F.
Abstract: We report a case in which the interaction of heterozygosis for both the β0-IVS-II-1 (G→A) mutation and the αααanti-3.7 allele was the probable cause for the clinical occurrence of thalassemia intermedia. The propositus, a 6-year-old Caucasian Brazilian boy of Portuguese descent, showed a moderately severe chronic anemia in spite of having the β-thalassemia trait. Investigation of the α-globin gene status revealed heterozygosis for α-gene triplication (ααα/αα). The patient's father, also presenting mild microcytic and hypochromic anemia, had the same α and β genotypes as his son, while the mother, not related to the father and hematologically normal, was also a carrier of the αααanti-3.7 allele. The present case emphasizes the need for considering the possibility of α-gene triplication in β-thalassemia heterozygotes who display an unexpected severe phenotype. The β-thalassemia mutation found here is being described for the first time in Brazil.
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Date Issue: 2003
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