(1) Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
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Beta-thalassemia major is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by the mutation of the HBB gene on chromosome 11. Coeliac disease, on the other hand, is an auto-immune disorder of the small intestine.
We hereby report the case of a young patient from Pakistan suffering from Beta-thalassemia major and Coeliac disease concurrently. The reported case is of an 8 year-old girl who was a diagnosed case of Beta-thalassemia major and presented to us with symptoms of malabsorption. A diagnostic work-up of the patient revealed that she was suffering from Coeliac disease. The symptoms of malabsorption responded well to a gluten-free diet.
Physicians should look out for symptoms of malabsorption in patients with Beta-Thalassemia major to rule out the possibility of Coeliac disease.