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Alpha thalassemia, what does it mean and what are the implications?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Inherited defect: Our regular hemoglobin is composed of Alpha and beta chains that come together to form working hemaglobin. Alpha thalassemia trait occurs when a person inherits a defective Alpha chain gene from one parent & a normal Alpha chain gene from the other. This causes some reduction in Alpha chain production with resulting mild anemia.

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