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Filiz Kizilates, Hande Berk, Melahat Coban, Derya Seyman, Metin Sarikaya, Funda Sari and Nefise Oztoprak

a population of 1,900,000, is the seventh largest city of Turkey and is located on the Mediterranean coast. HD services in Antalya are delivered by 23 centers including one university hospital, 11 public hospitals, and 11 private dialysis centers. After approval (No. 64/10) by the administrative board of the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of the Antalya Training and Research Hospital we revised the records of 1347 patients with end-stage renal failure who underwent HD in 23 centers in Antalya between January 01 and March 31, 2014 in this retrospective cross

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Nurul Fatihah Azman, Wan-Zaidah Abdullah, Norsarwany Mohamad, Rosnah Bahar, Muhammad Farid Johan, R. Diana, Binti Hanafi Sarifah, Surini Yusoff, Ariffin Nasir, Azizah Othman, Surianti Sukeri, Mohd Ismail Ibrahim, Adil Hussein, Rozita Hassan, Padillah Yahya, Rosline Hassan and Bin Alwi Zilfalil

Thalassemia is a monogenic disease [ 1 , 2 ] which is common in Southeast Asia [ 3 ], Bangladesh, India, and the Mediterranean region [ 4 ]. Thalassemia can be treated by regular blood transfusion and iron chelation therapies [ 5 ]. About 55 million carriers of thalassemia live in Southeast Asia [ 6 ]. Southeast Asia includes 11 countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, The Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, East Timor, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam with a total population of about 400 million [ 7 ]. These countries have a diversity of populations