Severity of β-thalassemia due to genotypes involving the IVS-I-6 (T→C) mutation
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Among individuals of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern descent, the IVS-I-6 (T-->C) mutation is one of the most common causes of beta-thalassemia. In this report, we describe the clinical phenotypes of a group of beta-thalassemia patients who are compound heterozygotes for the relatively mild IVS-I-6 (T-->C) beta-thalassemia mutation and more severe beta(+)- or beta (0)-thalassemia mutations. Although most of these patients are transfusion-dependent, the requirement for regular transfusions generally occurred late in childhood. A correlation between concomitant alpha-thalassemia and a mild transfusion-independent phenotype is not apparent, indicating the involvement of other ameliorating determinants.
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