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can i donate blood if i have anemia thalassemia beta trait

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Maybe: A person with beta 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 di ... Read More

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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Probably : If your hemoglobin and hematocrit levels are high enough to donate, trait is not a diagnosis that they exclude. You must meet age, weight and other ba ... Read More
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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
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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
33 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Maybe: If you otherwise meet the criteria to donate blood, then Alpha thalassemia trait will not prevent you from donating. The hemoglobin must be 12 g/dl t ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
No : I font believe that you are an acceptable candidate for donating blood because of your thalassemia trait.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Anyone can...: It would be unlikely that would could reach the age of 46 and not be diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. If you are truly concerned, testing is very ea ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Blood bank question: If I understand your question, you have an antibody that makes it possible for you to accept blood from certain donors beyond the limits of the ABO sy ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
38 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Yes: Individuals with sickle trait are allowed to be blood donors.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Maybe, if just trait: A person with beta 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 di ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Danger: I am not sure how you could be so misinformed, but am very happy you reached out to us. An anemic patient needs blood to survive. They should not in a ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Usually not: Sickle cell trait is a hemoglobin genotype as and is generally regarded as a benign condition. However, individuals with sickle cell trait may have ra ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Less severe than SS: Hemoglobin sc disease is the second most common type of sickle cell disease. It occurs when you inherit the hb c gene from one parent and the hb s gen ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Confusing question: SS disease requires the genes for sickle cell from both parents, while S trait has it from one. You cannot change the genetic makeup that you were bor ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: Look for another explanation
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
25 years experience in Ophthalmology
Start with your PCP: and go from there. There are internists who specialize in sickle cell management, and your PCP will be the best person to refer you. Plus, if you star ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
By all means!: I trust your personal physician is keeping an eye on your thal and will let you know if you develop additional anemia from some other cause. Absolutel ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience in Pediatrics
Verify: I would review your results with your doctor. You indicated a high hemoglobin s and a low hemoglobin a---do you have percentages of the hemoglobins. ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Yes: You're not at any increased risk, but keep an eye on your body like everybody else should.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience in Endocrinology
Retinal hemorrhage: I have seen a patient who had not high blood pressure as measured in her arms because she had hardening of the arteries to both arms thus lowering the ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Surgery: For sickle cell anemia, you don't need surgery unless a complication of sickle cell affecting your gall bladder or some kind of osteomyelitis requirin ... Read More
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