Medical Practice

Thalassaemia in Cyprus

Br Med J 1973; 2 doi: (Published 07 April 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;2:38
  1. Th. Ashiotis,
  2. Z. Zachariadis,
  3. K. Sofroniadou,
  4. D. Loukopoulos,
  5. G. Stamatoyannopoulos


    Frequencies of the thalassaemias in Cyprus were examined by a survey of hospital inpatients and haematological investigations of adult and newborn population samples. The data indicate that 15% of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots are carriers of beta-thalassaemia genes, while 10% of the population carry alpha-thalassaemia genes. These are the highest frequencies of thalassaemia genes found today in any Caucasian population.

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