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Does beta thalassemia minor reduce life expectancy?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jonesanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Not Usually: People with beta thalassemia minor usually only have problems with mild anemia and are not typically considered to have a shorter life span than the general population. Beta thalassemia minor typically does not require any type of treatment or intervention and often goes undiagnosed.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No. : Most patients with beta thalassemia minor have no significant clinical symptoms and do not require interventions for their malady. As far as i know, there is no change in life expectancy in these patients.

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