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Type Journal Article - Balkan medical journal
Title Evaluation of Married Haemoglobinopathic Carrier Couples for Prevention of Haemoglobinopathic Births
Volume 30
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 394-399
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4115955/

Abnormal haemoglobins (Hb) and thalassaemias are some of the most frequently observed hereditary disorders in the world, but especially in the Mediterranean region where Turkey is located. Hatay province is one of the largest provinces in the region, suggested as a target area to be selected for preventive programs after studies by three Turkish universities, i.e. Çukurova, Akdeniz and Hacettepe Universities in Turkey.


The aim of this study was to determine demographic and family characteristics of all haemoglobinopathy carrier married couples registered in the Hatay Provincial Health Directorate registry and to educate the target population about pregnancy, births, prenatal diagnosis and genetic counselling with the particularly emphasised scope of eliminating all haemoglobinopathic births.

Study design:

Descriptive cross-sectional and intervention study.


1065 couples both being haemoglobinopathic carriers, registered in the Hatay Provincial Health Directorate registry were investigated for socio-demographic characteristics, obstetrical status and especially for a present pregnancy, the presence of any haemoglobinopathic patients or carrier children in the family.

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