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

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 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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Dr. Craig Greene
21 years experience Sports Medicine
Ascent: Could be problematic as need to check with hematologist about problems with ascent and speed.

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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Schneider
46 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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Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Follow up with Docto: Twe can not advice you as we do not have all the details about your case.Hemoglobin of 8gm is not alone from thalassemia minor and has to be investiga ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
18 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
28 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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
41 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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tarik Hadid
18 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 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
41 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danielle Jones
8 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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 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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