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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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Thalassemia (Definition)

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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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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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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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Are hb s levels elevated with beta thalassemia trait?

No: With beta thalassemia trait alone, no hemoglobin s should be detected. If hemoglobin s is being detected in addition to beta thalassemia trait then the patient has a form of sickle cell beta thalassemia disease. ...Read more

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Could a person on their 20's have any chance of living with beta thalassemia major?

Yes: It's a horrible disease but the newer remedies are helping these folks live longer and better. ...Read more

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How to know if someone had thalassemia @ beta thalassemia ?What criteria if they had it is dangerous?

Blood test: You may request a hemoglobin electrophoresis. Thalassemia major is the one with severe anemia and requires frequent transfusion. However, beta thalassemia minor is not dangerous most of the time. Hematologist can give you better insight. ...Read more

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Could one prevent beta thalassemia disease?

Yes: Beta thalassemia disease is prevented if beta thal carriers do not have children with one another (if they have children together, some children will be normal, some carriers, and some have disease). The other, less desirable way, is to test fetuses during pregnancy and abort the fetuses who have beta thal major. ...Read more

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