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Awareness Among Parents of bb-Thalassemia Major Patients, Regarding Prenatal Diagnosis and Premarital Screening

Authors: Fouzia Ishaq1, Hasnain Abid2, Farkhanda Kokab3, Adil Akhtar1 and Shahid Mahmood3 ABSTRACT Objective: To assess the knowledge among parents of thalassemia major patients about prenatal diagnosis, premarital screening for carrier detection and impact of consanguineous marriage on disease transmission. Study Design: Descriptive study. Place and Duration of Study: The

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Prenatal diagnosis of β-thalassemia in Southern Punjab, Pakistan

Authors: Shahid Mahmood Baig1*, Ayesha Azhar1, Hammad Hassan1, Jamshaid Mahmood Baig1, Muhammad Aslam1, Mohammad Amin Ud Din2, Javed Anver Qureshi1 and Tariq Zaman1 Summary: Pakistan has a large population of more than 150 million people with an overall carrier frequency of approximately 5.6% for β-thalassemia. Punjab is the largest province

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Spectrum of beta-thalassemia mutations in various regions of Punjab and Islamabad, Pakistan: establishment of prenatal diagnosis

Authors: Shahid Mahmood Baig,* Ayesha Azhar,* Hammad Hassan Abstract: We present here an analysis of 888 unrelated beta-thal chromosomes consisting of 444 transfusion dependent children from various regions of Punjab and Islamabad Pakistan. By using Multiplex ARMS- PCR, restriction endonuclease analysis, allele specific oligonucleotide (ASO) hybridization and sequencing, 17 beta-thal

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Attitudes and perceptions about prenatal diagnosis and induced abortion among adults of Pakistani population

Authors: Muhammad Osman Arif1*, Zafar Fatmi2, Bhisham Pardeep1, Tuba Ali1, Hameed Iqbal1, Haider Khan Bangash1, Rushna Pervaiz1, Hira Altaf1 and Javed Ali Baba1 1Medical College, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan 2Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan Objectives Perception and attitude regarding prenatal screening and induced abortion

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Molecular epidemiology of β-thalassemia in Pakistan: far reaching implications

Authors: Saqib H Ansari, Tahir S Shamsi, Mushtaq Ashraf, Muneera Bohray, Tasneem Farzana, Mohammed Tahir Khan, Kousar Perveen, Sajida Erum, Iqra Ansari, Muhammad Nadeem, Masood Ahmed, Faizan Raza Department of Pediatric Hematology & Molecular Medicine, National Institute of Blood Diseases, Karachi, Pakistan Abstract: β-thalassaemia, an autosomal recessive hemoglobinopathy, is one

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