A 34-year-old member asked:
would it be safe to donate blood, if i have beta thalassemia?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered
33 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe, if just trait: A person with beta thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic. If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more difficult time making hemoglobin (to make new red blood cells), he may not wish to be a blood donor. A person with beta thalassemia major cannot donate blood (he needs to receive blood transfusions to live).
Answered on Nov 1, 2011
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