Treatment guidelines support regular monitoring of serum ferritin, and MRI T2* of the heart and liver.
Renal disease is the 4th leading cause of illness (4%) in patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia.
A cross-sectional study of 216 patients showed that 8% of adults with thalassemia had reduced renal function.
While the condition continues to worsen over time, iron overload also causes more damage to the organs. The goal is to get and stay ahead of progressive organ damage in your thalassemia patient population. Work with your patients to ensure that their organ function is being monitored early in childhood and regularly into adulthood.