Posted by Curtis
on September 05, 2000 at 13:57:55:
In Reply to: Re: thalasemia minor (inherited anemia) posted by dawn on December 27, 1999 at 13:00:58:
: I question whether you have thal minor, also known as Mediteranean Disease - which means that
: people who are 100% Italian, Greek etc.(countries located near the Mediteranean) are the only ones
: to get Thal minor or major.
Thalasemia anemia is not limited to people who are 100% Mediteranean ancestory. I have it and my acestory is basically English with some Dutch and Irish thrown. Maybe some other things as well.
My daughter has it but my son does not. I received it through my father (it got into the family through by grandmother)and he has eight brothers and sisters. No more that half of them have it. I know I have the anemia because the test has been run multiple times by different doctors and labs and it is always positive.
My doctors have told me that Thalasemia is called Mediteranean anemia because it is most common among people from that region but others can have it.
Hope you find this information useful.