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can i donate blood if i have alpha thalassemia trait?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, but unlikely: A person with Alpha 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.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014

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Maybe: A person with Alpha 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 d ... Read More
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