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Is it possible to have both alpha thalassemia and beta thalassemia?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Traits, yes: Because the Alpha and beta thalassemia gene mutations are common, it is possible for a baby to inherit one from mom and another from dad. The child could be "trait" in both Alpha and beta, or less likely, be "disease" in one and "trait" in the other. It is hard to imagine being "disease" in both and still survive.

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Is is possible for someone to have both alpha thalassemia and beta thalassemia?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Traits, yes: Because the Alpha and beta thalassemia gene mutations are common, it is possible for a baby to inherit one from mom and another from dad. The child could be "trait" in both Alpha and beta, or less likely, be "disease" in one and "trait" in the other. It is hard to imagine being "disease" in both and still survive.

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