For citation purposes: Rafiq A, Fatima S. Beta-thalassaemia major and coeliac disease occurring concurrently in a patient: A case report. OA Case Reports 2014 Sep 22;3(7):69.

Case report

 
Haematology

Beta-thalassaemia major and coeliac disease occurring concurrently in a patient: A case report.

A Rafiq, S Fatima
 

Authors affiliations

(1) Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

* Corresponding author Email: alirafiq.dr@gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction

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.

Case Report

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.

Conclusion

Physicians should look out for symptoms of malabsorption in patients with Beta-Thalassemia major to rule out the possibility of Coeliac disease.

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