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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
39 years experience 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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Dr. Louis Cooper
48 years experience Pediatrics
Thanks: Alpha thalassemia is named for decreased alpha chains and beta thal is named for decreased beta chains. Usually normal blood is made of two alpha and ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience 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
Dr. Bachar Al-Alami
36 years experience ADHD and Autism
YES : Homozygous Alpha (0) thalassemia, in which no Alpha globin chains can be produced, is incompatible with extrauterine life, leading to hydrops fetalis ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
19 years experience 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 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Lu answered
7 years experience Family Medicine
Family history: Thalassemia is a genetic disease of the hemoglobin molecule and so only occurs through inheritance. A mutation in this gene is especially prevalent in ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
None to severe/fatal: Alpha thalassemia signs and symptoms: silent carriers have no signs/symptoms; Alpha trait has mild anemia; HGB h (moderate) may have weakness, pallor ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
None to severe/fatal: Alpha thalassemia signs and symptoms: silent carriers have no signs/symptoms (and live a normal life); Alpha trait has mild anemia (and generally live ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Mild anemia: it could be mild hypochromic ,microcytic anemia.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience 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
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sudhakar Rao
61 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Your height may be within the range but you are just short. Your internist must put you on the growth chart which tells you if you are at the lower en ... Read More

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