Thalassemia and hormones

Children with Thalassemia eventually have other organs affected by the multiple blood transfusions that cause iron overload. The hormonal system is one of the most frequently hit. Symptoms are very subtle initially, and therefore, anticipatory counselling with a Paediatric Endocrinologist is recommended. There is often short height, delayed puberty, weak bones, and other due to the hormonal hits. This can happen despite good chelation therapy. Awareness regarding hormonal hits is very low, even amongst health professionals. If your child has Thalassemia, it is very much recommended that you get a Paediatric endocrinologist’s consultation early.