A 34-year-old member asked:
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would it be safe to donate blood, if i have beta thalassemia?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 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
Dr. Hasan Noubani
35 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
No : The patient with beta thalassemia is anemic and he himself receives blood.
Answered on Apr 14, 2014

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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Maybe: 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 di ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
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Probably : If your hemoglobin and hematocrit levels are high enough to donate, trait is not a diagnosis that they exclude. You must meet age, weight and other ba ... Read More
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Dr. Oscar Novick
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No : I font believe that you are an acceptable candidate for donating blood because of your thalassemia trait.
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Dr. James Ferguson
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No: The donated blood does not alter the recipients system in the long term.The blood cells each have a lifespan approaching 90-100 days after release, t ... Read More
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