Effect of wheat grass therapy on transfusion requirement in β-thalassemia major
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- Choudhary, D.R., Naithani, R., Panigrahi, I. et al. Indian J Pediatr (2009) 76: 375. doi:10.1007/s12098-009-0004-6
To assess the efficacy of wheat grass juice on transfusion requirement in patients with beta thalassemia major.
Fifty-three patients of thalassemia major with a median age of 16 years were given wheat grass juice tablets.
The Mean pre and post wheat grass therapy, the pack cell requirement was 288.06 ± 53.25 gm/Kg/year and 301.25 ± 54.86 gm/Kg/year (p =0.054) respectively. No adverse effects were noted.
We conclude that wheat grass therapy for one year is not effective in reducing the transfusion requirement in transfusion dependent thalassemia.