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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Beta Thalassemia

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What are the treatments available for beta thalassemia?

What are the  treatments available for beta thalassemia?

Blood transfusions: Beta thalassemia trait patients are non-anemic or mildly anemic, and they do not need treatment. Beta thalassemia intermedia patients have anemia, and sometimes they are severe enough to need occasional transfusions. Beta thalassemia major (cooley's anemia) patients are dependent on lifelong transfusions to survive, and they will eventually suffer from iron overload. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

Thalassemia is a genetic condition in which the oxygen carrying hemoglobin molecule is altered by genetic mutations. This leads to symptoms of anemia include fatigue, pallor, ...Read more


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What is the latest successful treatment of beta thalassemia disies?

What is the latest successful treatment of beta thalassemia disies?

severity?: From your description, i assume you have severe symptoms. Transfusions are the mainstay. Splenectomy will help the enlarged spleen. Chelation will help the iron overload. The best hope for cure is stem cell transplantation, if available to you but is risky and expensive. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with heterozygous beta thalassemia . My iron levels was 6. This concerned me. Friend said iron treatment i'll get sick? What to do?

I was diagnosed with heterozygous beta thalassemia . My iron levels was 6. This concerned me. Friend said iron treatment i'll get sick? What to do?

I'm a bit skeptical: I find it surprising that a diagnosis of beta thal trait could have gone undiscovered for 37 years. Moreover, in the context of fe deficiency (which is suggested by a serum fe of 6), you can't definitively diagnose beta-thal trait. In an fe replete state, beta thal trait is suggested by a hemoglobin a2 (alpha2/delta2) of >3.5% i would correct the fe deficiency, then repeat the hgba2 quantitation. ...Read more

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What i need to do once i had diagnose "beta thalassemia" by doctor? What treatment I should do? Please help me doctor..

Nothing: If you were just diagnosed with beta thalassemia at age 26, you must have the "minor" form, beta-thalassemia trait. You most likely have mild microcytic anemia that has been present all of your life. The only issue is that if your partner has beta-thalassemia trait, then you could have a child with severe transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia major. ...Read more

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If someone had beta thalassemia, it is dangerous?

Depends on type...: There are different types of beta thalassemia (minor, intermedia, or major for example) that have much different impacts on a patient's health. Treatment can range from nothing (minor) to requiring frequent blood transfusions, iron chelation therapy or even a bone marrow transplant (major). A hematologist can help with the management of all types. ...Read more

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Are particular people at risk for beta thalassemia?

Are particular people at risk for beta thalassemia?

Yes: Thalassemia is one of the most common gene mutations in the world. Overall, an estimated 20-25 million people are carriers (1/300) (about 1/1000 in low-risk peoples, and about 1/30 in high-risk peoples). Low risk: japanese, korean, n. European caucasians, native canadians, native americans. High risk: mediterranean, middle eastern, south asian, south-east asian (western pacific rim), caribbean. ...Read more

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My husband and I just received news that we both have beta Thalassemia. He is Caucasian and I'm Indian. What are the chances of our child getting this?

My husband and I just received news that we both have beta Thalassemia. He is Caucasian and I'm Indian. What are the chances of our child getting this?

Depends: Thalassemia is autosomal recessive. That means that you only get the disease if you have the gene on both of your chromosome pairs. If you and your husband both have the actual disease, there is a 100% chance your children will have it. If you both have trait (one normal and one disease gene), there is a 25% chance they will have it, and a 50% chance they will be a carrier. I have attached a pic. ...Read more

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Can a normal & healthy person may marry with e beta thalassemia , safely?????

Can a normal & healthy person may marry with e beta thalassemia , safely?????

Yes: If you do not carry the gene in any way, any children will be carriers. HbgE/beta thalassemia is a disease that can be mild or severe. The best way to ease your mind is to seek genetic counseling. All the best. ...Read more