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.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2001|
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