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Are there any dangers with scuba diving if you have beta thalassemia minor

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Hematologist helps: A person with thalassemia minor can see a hematologist (blood specialist) doctor to ask about scuba diving. A couple of issues come to mind. One is "h ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Schneider
45 years experience Family Medicine
Nothing: With thalassemia minor you have always been anemic. Eat normally and add a little vitamins with iron for support but you will never have the same hema ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Likely no: It sounds like you've educated yourself on your condition beta thallesemia minor. Plenty of women have successful pregnancies with this condition all ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience Hematology
Beta thal minor: Beta thalassemia minor is a hereditary abnormality which usually results in mild, asymptomatic anemia and therefore will not affect any of the normal ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
40 years experience Plastic Surgery
Genetics.: Assuming your husband is heterozygous and you are homozygous for exactly the same trait, your children will all have the trait (heterozygous) or like ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Unrelated: Beta thal minor won't cause generalized muscle or joint pain. You need a proper workup by a rheumatologist now for any of the dozens of illnesses that ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tarik Hadid
17 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: Thalassemia minor is without symptoms. The only abnormality is abnormal blood work that mimic iron deficiency.. Splenomeglay is not seen in thalassemi ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: It will depend on which of the genes resposible are passed or not at conception. There is only about a 25% chance.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danielle Jones
7 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not Usually: People with beta thalassemia minor usually only have problems with mild anemia and are not typically considered to have a shorter life span than the g ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Possible: More information is needed about your and your husband's genetic make up to know if the baby will inherit it, but to answer "possible or not" i will s ... Read More

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