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A 31-year-old male asked:

Can a female with hb h disease marry someone with beta thalassemia trait? what are the possible results in terms of genetics percentages?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Sure: Anybody can marry anybody. Since HgbH disease involves the alpha genes and beta thal minor involves the beta genes, I would not be concerned. However, you might do well to be certain that neither partner carries the other person's trait as well masked by what's already diagnosed. Sit down with a competent clinical geneticist.

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