A 33-year-old member asked:
Is there a treatment available for people with sickle cell trait and alpha thalassemia?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Robert Kwok answered
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Hematologists (blood specialists) evaluate persons with both sickle cell trait and Alpha thalassemia disease. The sickling should not be a problem, because the person is only sickle trait, and Alpha thal. Mutations seem to lessen the tendency of blood cells to sickle from the sickle cell mutation. Persons with both sickle trait and Alpha thal. Trait probably won't have symptoms needing treatment.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
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