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Thalassemia Intermedia is a milder form of Thalassemia that is caused by the of one of the more severe thalassemic genes and one of the milder thalassemic genes. Children with Thalassemia intermedia start to develop symptoms later in life than those with Thalassemia major, usually becoming pale and developing symptoms around 2 years of age. They are moderately anemic but a large number of the patients survive without regular blood transfusions.

The severity of Thalassemia intermedia isn't determined by hemoglobin levels alone; it also depends on how the individual's feelings, and their growth rate and development. Unfortunately, there isn’t a much of a clear distinction between Thalassemia intermedia and Thalassemia major.