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Can you donate blood if you have alpha thalassemia minor?

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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
Maybe: If you otherwise meet the criteria to donate blood, then Alpha thalassemia trait will not prevent you from donating. The hemoglobin must be 12 g/dl to donate at our hospital's blood bank. Males with Alpha thalassemia frequently meet the hemoglobin requirements, females less frequently meet the requirement.
Dr. Mehdi Moezi
Dr. Mehdi Moezi commented
Medical Oncology 31 years experience
it depends to state laws aswell. Gnerally people with alpha thal are mildly anemic and may not qualify for blood donation
Sep 14, 2013
Dr. David Jin
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Possible: It mainly depends on the status of anemia at the time when the individual with Alpha thalassemia minor present at donation (hemoglobin higher than 12.5 or hematocrit at 38 or higher). You also need to comply to other criteria as qualified blood donor which vary between states in the us.

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