Table 2

Clinical and socio-demographic characteristics of 60 thalassemia children
Characteristic n (%)
Age; median (range) 10.0 (5 to 17) years
Sex
 Male 34 (57)
 Female 26 (43)
Country of origin
 Kurdistan 10 (17)
 Libya 8 (13)
 Palestine 1 (2)
 Syria 10 (17)
 Iraq 31 (52)
Age at diagnosis in months; median (range) 8 (1 to 48)
Age at first transfusion in months; median (range) 11.5 (2 to 60)
Age at start of iron chelation in months; median (range) 49 (12 to 120)
Transfusion frequency
 Regular (pre-transfusion hemoglobin ≥ 9gr/dl) 13 (22)
 Fairly irregular (pre-transfusion hemoglobin ≥ 7.5 and<9 gr/dl) 34 (57)
 Irregular (Pre-transfusion hemoglobin <7.5 gr/dl or frequent transfusion reactions) 13 (22)
Hepatomatology > 2 cm
 Yes 46 (77)
 No 13 (22)
 Unknown 1 (2)
Hepatitis
 Yes 39 (65)
 No 21 (35)
Ferritin >1300 ng/ml
 Yes 47 (78)
 No 13 (22)
Iron chelation
 Regular administration (once-daily) 13 (22)
 Slightly irregular administration (at least once a week) 29 (48)
 Irregular administration (less than once a week or none) 16 (27)
 None 2 (3)

Caocci et al.

Caocci et al. BMC Blood Disorders 2012 12:6   doi:10.1186/1471-2326-12-6

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