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

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

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.

Answered 6/24/2014

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