Development of Secondary Sex Characteristics in Multitransfused Thalassemic Children

Anice George, Aparna Bhaduri, Ved P. Choudhry

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Secondary sex characteristics were evaluated in thalassemic children (41, boys and 30 girls), who were on regular transfusion therapy and were above 11 years of age. The results of this study indicate that the development of secondary sex characteristics in thalassemic children is markedly delayed as compared to their non-thalassemic siblings and to the expected development criteria. Delay in development of secondary sex characteristics appears to be secondary to chronic hypoxia and iron overload.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-859
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 11-1997


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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