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A 27-year-old female asked:

I have thalassemia minor (beta thalassemia) and my fiance also has traits of beta thalassemia... can we have normal children?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Find out: Your fiance needs to be tested as well and you both need to sit down with a genetic counselor in any case. It's not just "can we have normal children?" the real question, "do we want to knowingly run the risk of 1 out of 4 of each of our children being born with a god-awful case of beta-thal major? What are our options? Are they acceptable to us?" this is a very grave matter.
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