Prevalence of Beta-Thalassemia Trait and Abnormal Hemoglobins in the Province of Adiyaman, Turkey

Genc A., Korkmaz D. T. , Kucuk M. U. , Rencuzogullari E., Atakur S., Bayram S., ...Daha Fazla

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY, cilt.29, sa.7, ss.620-623, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 29 Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3109/08880018.2012.713085
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.620-623


Background/Aims: Thalassemia is one of the most common hereditary disorders in Turkey. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of the beta-thalassemia trait and abnormal hemoglobins in the province of Adiyaman in Turkey. Methods: The study included 3571 high school students of both sexes; aged 12-22 (mean 16.59 +/- 1.34). After they received information about thalassemia, they were screened for beta-thalassemia and abnormal hemoglobin using complete blood count (CBC) and quantification of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin was fractionated using HPLC. Results: The beta-thalassemia trait was found in 38 students (1.06%), and abnormal hemoglobin in seven students (0.20%). Of the latter, four carried HbD Los Angeles, two HbS, and one HbE-Saskatoon. Conclusion: The prevalence of the beta-thalassemia trait and abnormal hemoglobin in the province of Adiyaman is low, compared to the rest of Turkey. Our results seem to reflect the heterogeneity of beta-thalassemia in the province of Adiyaman and may be of value for genetic counseling and premarital screening.