A 46-year-old member asked:
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What to do about alpha thalassemia trait (minor) with asthama?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Nothing: Alpha thal minor is uttery trivial. Manage your asthma and if you choose to marry, be aware of your alpha-thal and the risk that marrying someone else with the same condition puts your children at risk.
Answered on Jun 27, 2014

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