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Are some types of anemia inherited?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, some types of anemia are due to inherited or genetic defects. Sickle cell anemia occurs most frequently in people of african, african-american, and mediterranean descent. Thalassemia (or cooley's anemia) is found in people of mediterranean and southeast Asian descent. These types of anemia are extremely common. Another inherited anemia is fanconi anemia, but this is very rare.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, several are: Several types of anemia ("low blood", low hemoglobin) are genetic and inherited from one or both parents. Thalassemia is one example, and is quite common. Carriers have mutations on one chromosome and are mild to moderately anemic. Carriers often don't know they are carriers unless a doctor has checked blood tests. A fetus with mutations on both chromosomes may die from severe anemia before birth.

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What are the types of anemia?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Different types: Bsically anemia means that you don't have enough red blood cells in your body. Main reasons: 1) blood loss - may be subtle like menstrual periods, 2) destruction of blood cells (hemolytic anemias, - various diseases and some drugs 3) not making enough blood cells (bone marrow issues - can be caused by diseases of the marrow or many drugs - including chemotherapy.

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