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A 19-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between alpha and beta thalassemia? are both the symptoms the same?

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Similar but differen: Alpha and beta thalassemia are distinct and different disorders since they diminish the production of distinct and different globin polypeptide chains and particularly in the homozygous state that has distinct and different consequences. Alpha and Beta Thal minor are similar Alpha Thal major is not compatable with life and results in miscarriage. Beta Thal major requires prolonged treatments etc.
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