The thalassemias are extremely heterogeneous in terms of their clinical severity, and their underlying pathophysiology relates directly to the extent of accumulation of excess unmatched globin chains: α in βthalassemia and βin the αthalassemias. However, the accumulation of each separate globin chain affects red cell membrane material properties and the state of red cell hydration very differently. These observations presumably account for the varying extent of ineffective erythropoiesis and peripheral blood hemolysis in the major variants of thalassemia.


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