COVID-19 infection In Beta Thalassemia Major: Case series

COVID-19 infection In Beta Thalassemia Major: Case series

Lina Okar1*, Maya Aldeeb1, Rita Ahmad1, Mohamed A. Yassin2

1Department of Medical Education, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.
2Department of Medical Oncology, Hematology Section, National Center for Cancer Care & Research, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.

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COVID-19 infection was first described in Wuhan, China after an increasing spread of atypical pneumonia of unknown pathogen. Unfortunately, this novel virus continues spreading causing a pandemic. Thalassemia considered one of the most common hemoglobinopathies. Beta thalassemia is the commonest type with a variety in clinical picture due to the deference in homozygous. A lot of vulnerable categories were at high risk of getting infected with the coronavirus and more even its complication. Despite the conflicting data and ongoing research on this topic, thalassemia patients were categorized among the high-risk population.
Here we present a case series describing the clinical progression of two splenectomised patients who has transfusion dependent beta thalassemia major.

Keywords: COVID-19; Beta Thalassemia Major; Haemoglobinopathies; Splenectomy; blood transfusion

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Lina Okar, Maya Aldeeb, Rita Ahmad, Mohamed A. Yassin. COVID-19 infection In Thalassemia beta major: Case series. International Journal of Case Reports, 2020; 4:161. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2020-08-3106


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