2. Delayed growth

Another prominent symptom of thalassemia is a delay in growth. People who suffer from this disorder aren't able to grow and develop normally. Aside from being a symptom of the disorder, the delay may be because they suffer from poor feeding. Another reason is that they may have too much iron in their bodies.

The iron can damage the liver, heart, and endocrine system. These are in charge of regulating the different processes in the body. So when they get damaged, it stunts the growth. In this case, the best treatment is to remove any excess iron in the body. Doctors do this through a process called iron chelation.



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