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Stem Cell Therapy for Thalassemia Abroad

Hospitals and medical centers offering Stem Cell Therapy for Thalassemia.

Medipol Mega University Hospital

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.


Thalassemia is treated at Medipol Mega University Hospital

Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella

This international hospital incorporates prestigious doctors, invests in research and development, technology and continuing education that enhances skills, in facilities, and in an increased operational efficiency in order to provide nothing but the best


Thalassemia is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella

Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 47 healthcare centers, more than 4.000 hospital beds and 8.000 doctors


Thalassemia is treated at Grupo Quirónsalud

Hospital Quirónsalud Malaga

With more than 36 medical specialties, 200 physicians and surgeons of the highest level, Quironsalud Hospital Malaga is one of the most pertinent hospitals in Spain.


Thalassemia is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Malaga

Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja

Quironsalud Hospital Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management. IMTJ Best International Hospital of the world (awards 2017)


Thalassemia is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The mission of the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Department is to utilize transplantation therapies to eliminate cancer and provide personalized patient care.


Thalassemia is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Centro Médico Quironsalud Teknon

One of the leading hospitals in the private health sector in Spain, with its high quality of medical and welfare service in an environment that combines personal attention with the latest technology. IMTJ Best International Hospital of the world (awards 2019


Thalassemia is treated at Centro Médico Quironsalud Teknon

Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia

Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.


Thalassemia is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia

Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona

Quirónsalud Hospital Barcelona is the benchmark for private healthcare in southern Europe, providing world-class service for the past seventy years.


Thalassemia is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona


Medicenter treats patients using Cord Blood Stem Cells and Bone Marrow Stem Cells.


Thalassemia is treated at Medicenter

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About Thalassemia Stem Cell Therapy

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Thalassemia?

This is an inherited blood disorder which leads to the body making an abnormal form of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin, which is a protein in red blood cells, transports oxygen throughout the body. Thalassemia destroys a large number of red blood cells which leads to anemia.

Types of thalassemia

  • Alpha thalassemia: This type of thalassemia occurs when alpha globin proteins are mutated or missing.
  • Beta thalassemia: This type of thalassemia occurs when gene defects affect the production of beta globin protein.
  • Thalassemia major: This type of thalassemia occurs when the defective gene is inherited from both parents. It is also known as Cooley anemia.
  • Thalassemia minor: This occurs if the defective gene is inherited from one parent. People with thalassemia minor are carriers of the disease.


When alpha thalassemia is severe, it causes stillbirth (death of the unborn baby in the late pregnancy stages or during birth.

Children who are born with beta thalassemia suffer from severe anemia during their first year of life.

Other symptoms of thalassemia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Delayed growth
  • Bone deformities in the face
  • Jaundice which is characterized by yellow skin
  • Shortness of breath

Diagnostic tests

  • Physical exam: If thalassemia is suspected, your doctor will perform a physical exam to check for an enlarged spleen.
  • Blood tests: Your blood will be drawn and a blood sample will be sent for laboratory tests.
  • The red blood cells will have an abnormal shape and appear small when observed under a microscope. A complete blood count is done and will be able to reveal anemia
  • Hemoglobin electrophoresis: This is a test which shows if the abnormal form of hemoglobin is present
  • Mutational analysis: This is a test which helps detect alpha thalassemia

Current treatment

Thalassemia major is usually treated with regular folate supplements and blood transfusions. However, if receiving blood transfusions, iron supplements should not be taken. This is because it can cause iron build up in the body which can cause complications.

For patients who receive numerous blood transfusions, a treatment called chelation therapy is required. This therapy is done to eliminate the excess iron from the body.


Severe thalassemia can lead to heart failure and death. Regular blood transfusions and chelation therapy help improve the outcome.

Less severe thalassemia usually does not cause early death.

If you have a family history of thalassemia and are thinking of having children you should seek genetic counseling.

How can stem cells help?

Stem cell transplants are the only known cure for thalassemia. However, they are not often done. This is because of the significant risks involved.

Stem cells are formed in the bone marrow (the spongy tissue found at the center of some bones). Stem cells are able to develop into different types of blood cells. Stem cells are given to patients intravenously. The donor has to undergo testing to see if they are a match. The stem cells once transfused begin to produce healthy red blood cells to affected cells.

Risks : The most common significant risk is called graft versus host disease. This disease causes the transplanted cells to begin attacking the patient’s cells. For people with serious types of thalassemia, the long-term benefits of a stem cell transplant will need to be considered against the possible risks to help determine whether the treatment is suitable.

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