A community-based study of common hereditary blood disorders in Oman.

A. A. Al-Riyami*, A. J. Suleiman, M. Afifi, Z. M. Al-Lamki, S. Daar

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We assessed the prevalence of three common hereditary blood disorders (sickle-cell and beta-thalassaemia traits and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency) among the Omani population. We interviewed a representative sample of 6103 Omani households and blood samples from 6342 children aged 0-5 years were collected. About 27% of Omani males had inherited glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (compared with 11% of females) while countrywide prevalence rates for the sickle-cell and beta-thalassaemia traits were estimated to be 5.8% and 2.2% respectively and showed no significant gender differences. There was a significant association between all three disorders and region of the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1004-1011
Number of pages8
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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