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A 25-year-old male asked:

I'm a beta minor thalassemia carrier. and my soon to be wife is a beta minor as well. are there treatments to reduce the risk of getting a beta major?

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Dr. Florence Nwofor
Specializes in Pediatrics
Rule of inheritance: Your chance of a child with homozygous beta thalassemia are 1 in 4, for heterogeneous thalassemia (thalassemia trait) are 1 in 2, and the odds are 1 in 4 for a normal hemoglobin profile. There are procedures commercially available to eliminate the risk of beta thal major if your philosophy allows for it. We can discuss further; www.healthtap.com/dr-nnebe

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