Symptoms of Thalassemia

Some of the major symptoms of thalassemia are fatigue and weakness, pale appearance (due to reduced count of red blood cells), shortness of breath, deformities of facial bones, discoloration of skin as in jaundice, slow and stunted growth in children, abnormal color of urine (usually dark color), and a protruding abdomen, among others.

The symptoms of thalassemia are usually evident at a very young age. However, they may be delayed in some children and may show up during the first two years of their lives. The symptoms usually depend on severity of the affliction and also the dominant and recessive aspect of it.