Micromapping of thalassemia and hemoglobinopathies in diferent regions of northeast Thailand and Vientiane, Laos People's Democratic Republic

Hemoglobin. 2012;36(1):47-56. doi: 10.3109/03630269.2011.637149. Epub 2011 Nov 28.


In order to determine the prevalence of thalassemia and hemoglobinopathies in different regions of northeast (NE) Thailand and Vientiane, Laos People's Democratic Republic (PDR), a total of 1,809 blood samples were collected consecutively from individuals attending antenatal care services at 11 community hospitals in different regions of NE Thailand and three hospitals in Vientiane, Laos PDR, from May 2009 to April 2010. All individuals were investigated for thalassemia and hemoglobinopathies using standard methods. For individuals from NE Thailand, the carrier frequencies were 41.7% for Hb E [β26(B8)Glu→Lys, GAG>AAG], 5.8% for α(0)-thalassemia (α(0)-thal), and 0.9% for β-thal. The THAI deletion type of α(0)-thal was found in one individual from an ethnic minority. From a group of pregnant Laotian women, 30.1% were Hb E carriers. The prevalence of α(0)-thal of 8.6% for the Laotian women was similar to that found in the upper northeastern part of Thailand. The frequency of β-thal was 2.3 %. The proportion of carriers of α(+)-thal and Hb Constant Spring (Hb CS, α142, Term→Gln (TAA>CAA in α2)] ) from Thailand and Laos was significantly different. The frequency of Hb Paksé [α142, Term→Tyr (TAA>TAT in α2)] was relatively low for Thailand as well as for Laos. The results indicate that thalassemia and hemoglobinopathies are a significant health burden in the region and that a prevention and control program for severe thalassemia diseases should be established in Laos.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genetic Testing / methods*
  • Genotype
  • Geography
  • Hemoglobin E / genetics
  • Hemoglobinopathies / epidemiology
  • Hemoglobinopathies / genetics*
  • Hemoglobins, Abnormal / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Laos / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Hematologic / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Hematologic / genetics
  • Prevalence
  • Thailand / epidemiology
  • Thalassemia / epidemiology
  • Thalassemia / genetics*


  • Hemoglobins, Abnormal
  • hemoglobin Pakse
  • Hemoglobin E
  • Hemoglobin Constant Spring