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Prevalence of Cardiac Dysfunction among Thalassaemic Patients in Babylon Governorate

Authors: Ahmed Shemran Metleq AL-Watify --- Mudher Hassan Noor --- Sabeeh Salih Al-Fatlawy
Journal: Medical Journal of Babylon مجلة بابل الطبية ISSN: 1812156X 23126760 Year: 2004 Volume: 1 Issue: 3-4 Pages: 216-224
Publisher: Babylon University جامعة بابل


A prospective study was conducted on 216 patients with thalassaemia classified as 135 patients with -thalassaemia major, 57 patients with thalassaemia intermedia and 24 patients with sickle cell/ thalassaemia, who were attending the thalassaemia center at Babylon Maternity and Children Hospital, from period of August 2003 to April 2004. Their age ranged from (1- 30) years with a mean of 11.28 years. They were studied for cardiac dysfunction, 39 patients (18%) were found to have cardiac abnormality classified as (43.7%) as asymptomatic patients, (33.3%) as asymptomatic heart failure, and (23%) as asymptomatic heart failure. Risk factors for cardiac dysfunction were: 1. Age older than 10 years. 2. Frequent blood transfusion more than 120 times. 3. Serum ferritin more than 1800 - 2000 ng/L.


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