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is it possible to have both alpha thalassemia and beta thalassemia

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Traits, yes: Because the Alpha and beta thalassemia gene mutations are common, it is possible for a baby to inherit one from mom and another from dad. The child co ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Traits, yes: Because the Alpha and beta thalassemia gene mutations are common, it is possible for a baby to inherit one from mom and another from dad. The child co ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Engel
19 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Of course you can: A person can marry anyone they like. From a thalassemia perspective, and assuming your Alpha thal trait is in cis, your child has a 50/50 chance of b ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Marriage is no problem. Getting pregnant, however, may not be recommended if they have moderate or severe thalassemia. If they have only "trait", they ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience in Pediatrics
Similar but differen: Alpha and beta thalassemia are distinct and different disorders since they diminish the production of distinct and different globin polypeptide chains ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Webb
12 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: The flu vaccine is very important and as long as your child is over 6 months they should receive it. Children with chronic diseases may receive the i ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
38 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Conventional: As scientists investigated hemoglobin, the complicated compound in red blood cells that carries oxygen, they learned that it was made up of 5 parts; 4 ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not quite: People normally have 4 Alpha globulin genes. A mutation in 1, 2, 3, or all 4 genes leads to the 4 levels of Alpha thalassemia. The genetics of the dis ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Hemoglobin problem: Alpha thal is caused by mutations that effect the production of a part of the hemoglobin molecule (Alpha chain). There are 4 genes involved in this p ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
From Mom and/or Dad: Alpha thalassemia is caused by a mutation in one or more of the 4 genes that code for (holds the dna for) Alpha globulin, which is needed to make hemo ... Read More

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