A 33-year-old male asked:
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i have a friend who is a carrier of thalassemia. the girl he intends to marry is also a carrier. does this mean they can't have children?

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Dr. Marino Tavarez
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No: That means they are at higher risk for having a child with anemia
Answered on Jun 7, 2014
Dr. Eugene Saltzberg
48 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: But they need testing in early pregnancy to be sure child not affected
Answered on Jun 7, 2014
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not infertile: But they have 25% chance that any child will have full blown thalassemia major which is devastating, 50% that child will also be carrier & only 25% child will be thalassemia major or carrier free. They have as much chance of having children as any other couple, but is it worth it?
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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