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I am 24 and my height is 5'5" and weight 42kg. how can i gain weight. i have alpha thalassemia. please help.

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Dr. Sudhakar Rao
Pediatrics 61 years experience
Yes: Your height may be within the range but you are just short. Your internist must put you on the growth chart which tells you if you are at the lower end of norms. Because of thalassemia, your internist will consult a hematologist and get complete details about the condition. He will then do some endocrine studies especially for pituitary and thyroid. He may get some x-rays of long bones

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