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Can I donate blood if I have alpha thalassemia trait

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes, but unlikely: A person with Alpha thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic. If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more d ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Maybe: A person with Alpha thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic. If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more d ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Riley Alexander
10 years experience in Pathology
Inheritance: Both are inherited characteristics and are simply due to the fact that you are her mother (and were also affected by the father)...they aren't "linked ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: It is safe for an Alpha thalassemia trait patient to receive blood transfusions after delivery. Her risks from the transfusions should be the same as ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
A doctor can help: People with thalassemia trait usually have no symptoms. If one has exercise intolerance, he should work with his primary care doctor, and perhaps a he ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
No: People with Alpha thalassemia trait are similar to regular people. Some Alpha thal. Trait persons are mildly anemic, but the anemia is not enough to c ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not quite: Normal people have 4 Alpha globulin genes. Mutations in 1, 2, 3, or all 4 of the genes cause the 4 levels of Alpha thalassemia. One mutation = silent ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Nothing: Alpha thal minor is uttery trivial. Manage your asthma and if you choose to marry, be aware of your alpha-thal and the risk that marrying someone else ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Inherited defect: Our regular hemoglobin is composed of Alpha and beta chains that come together to form working hemaglobin. Alpha thalassemia trait occurs when a perso ... Read More
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
No: Alpha thalassemia trait only causes mild anemia, and the person usually has no symptoms. Gene therapy is not available and would not be needed.
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