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Updated information from the National thalassemia major registry

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The second phase of the project “National registry of patients with thalassemia major in Bulgaria” was successfully completed in October 2010. The aim was to update the information on patients who were registered during the first phase of the project and to register newly diagnosed and not yet registered patients with thalassemia major. A total of 241 questionnaires (18 for primary epidemiological information about newly diagnosed patients and 223 for data update) was collected with the active assistance of medical specialists from blood transfusion centers and thalassemia patient association. After statistical processing of the submitted data, it was found that the number of men is 126 (52.28%) and 115 (47.72%) for women respectively. The average age of patients with thalassemia major is 19.5 ± 11.9 years. Their treatment is conducted in 12 hospitals in the country and chelation therapy takes place in the blood transfusion specialized centers (Sofia – three centers, Plovdiv – two centers, Varna, Stara Zagora, Pleven, Burgas, Ruse, Yambol and Silistra). These results were discussed and adopted as official for the country at a workshop of the Expert group on thalassemia, held in Varna in November. A subsequent update and collection of new epidemiological data in will be organized in March-April 2011.

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