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Beta thalassemia

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Beta thalassemia: is a genetic defect of impaired hemoglobin production, resulting in a varying degree of anemia.

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Anemia: Sever anemia, massive hepatosplenomegaly ,sever growth retardation , bony deformities,mongoloid facies.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
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Depends on type...: There are different types of beta thalassemia (minor, intermedia, or major for example) that have much different impacts on a patient's health. Treatm ... Read More
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Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
THALASSEMIA: Life expectancy is normal with a-and b-thalassemia minor. They require no treatment.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Thalassemia is one of the most common gene mutations in the world. Overall, an estimated 20-25 million people are carriers (1/300) (about 1/1000 in lo ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: I am going to assume you have beta thalassemia minor. This is a minor abnormality that makes you trivially anemic and makes your blood cells look a li ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
What kind?: Beta thal minor shouldn't be a problem. If you have beta thal major and are asking this question, you should be congratulated on your excellent respon ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Yes: If you do not carry the gene in any way, any children will be carriers. HbgE/beta thalassemia is a disease that can be mild or severe. The best way t ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Major or minor?: Beta thal minor is a non-problem; the rate of red cell production is somewhat higher so get plenty of Folic Acid in your diet or supplement. Beta thal ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bin Sung
Dr. Bin Sung answered
33 years experience Pediatrics
Blood test: You may request a hemoglobin electrophoresis. Thalassemia major is the one with severe anemia and requires frequent transfusion. However, beta thala ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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I would: Suggest you better directly ask a hematologist or a geneticist they are in position to give you best answer...
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