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Are there any dangers with scuba diving if you have beta thalassemia minor?

Are there any dangers with scuba diving if you have beta thalassemia minor?

Hematologist helps: A person with thalassemia minor can see a hematologist (blood specialist) doctor to ask about scuba diving. A couple of issues come to mind. One is "how anemic is the patient". If one is anemic, with low hemoglobin (the red stuff in blood), his blood cannot carry as much oxygen compared to normal people. Another is "how strongly is oxygen attached" to the patient's particular type of hemoglobin. ...Read more

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After delivery my current hemoglobin rate is only 8.00.Is it dangerous for me?Now what will i do?I've beta thalassemia minor.

After delivery my current hemoglobin rate is only 8.00.Is it dangerous for me?Now what will i do?I've beta thalassemia minor.

Nothing: With thalassemia minor you have always been anemic. Eat normally and add a little vitamins with iron for support but you will never have the same hemaglobin as someone without thalassemia. ...Read more

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Is there any danger to get 2nd time pregnency? Bcoz i've beta thalassemia minor and my husband have e trait.

Is there any danger to get 2nd time pregnency? Bcoz i've beta thalassemia minor and my husband have e trait.

Likely no: It sounds like you've educated yourself on your condition beta thallesemia minor. Plenty of women have successful pregnancies with this condition all the time. I wasn't sure what you meant when you said your husband has e trait? If you have any questions, consult a perinatologist. They are the best doctors for managing high-risk pregnancy. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy for me to masturbate often (once per day) if I have beta thalassemia minor?

Would it be healthy for me to masturbate often (once per day) if I have beta thalassemia minor?

Yes: Beta thalassemia minor (trait) does not cause anemia sufficient enough to lead to loss of ability to perform any task. It will not affect sexual performance. ...Read more

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My husband have e trait and I have beta thalassemia minor and we have 1 child.What will be the result of our current and future baby?

My husband have e trait and I have beta thalassemia minor and we have 1 child.What will be the result of our current and future baby?

Genetics.: Assuming your husband is heterozygous and you are homozygous for exactly the same trait, your children will all have the trait (heterozygous) or like you will have the condition (homozygous). Chances roughly 50-50 if you had statistically enough children. ...Read more

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I have beta thalassemia minor but recently i'm feeling pain in my all joint of body and also in muscles.Pls advice.

I have beta thalassemia minor but recently i'm feeling pain in my all joint of body and also in muscles.Pls advice.

Unrelated: Beta thal minor won't cause generalized muscle or joint pain. You need a proper workup by a rheumatologist now for any of the dozens of illnesses that can produce this. Rheumatologic disease is challenging for physician and patient alike, and i wish you the best. ...Read more

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Please tell me about the symptoms of e beta thalassemia minor.Spleenomegaly happend in e beta thalassemia minor?

Please tell me about the symptoms of e beta thalassemia minor.Spleenomegaly happend in e beta thalassemia minor?

Hgb E/beta+thal: Hemoglobin e/beta+ thalassemia is a genetic condition where the effects are highly variable. Some children do relatively well, with rare transfusions; others are transfusion dependent. Splenomegaly occurs. Problems with iron overload occur in some of these patients. These patients need to be followed by a hematologist. ...Read more

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Does beta thalassemia minor reduce life expectancy?

Does beta thalassemia minor reduce life expectancy?

Not Usually: People with beta thalassemia minor usually only have problems with mild anemia and are not typically considered to have a shorter life span than the general population. Beta thalassemia minor typically does not require any type of treatment or intervention and often goes undiagnosed. ...Read more

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After conceive is it possible to know is my baby affected or carrier by thalassemia? Bcoz i've beta thalassemia minor and my husband have e trait.

After conceive is it possible to know is my baby affected or carrier by thalassemia? Bcoz i've beta thalassemia minor and my husband have e trait.

Possible: More information is needed about your and your husband's genetic make up to know if the baby will inherit it, but to answer "possible or not" i will say "possible" until further data is presented. ...Read more

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Could there be a relationship between lupus and beta thalassemia minor?

Could there be a relationship between lupus and beta thalassemia minor?

No: Lupus is not related to Alpha or beta thalassemias. The thalassemias cause "intrinsic" anemia, meaning the anemia is due to a problem inside the red blood cells. Lupus is an autoimmune disease and causes "extrinsic" anemia, meaning lupus is acting on the red blood cells from the outside and causing them to be destroyed. ...Read more

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Can an e beta thalassemia minor boy and a normal girl give birth a normal offspring?

Yes: It will depend on which of the genes resposible are passed or not at conception. There is only about a 25% chance. ...Read more

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My husband have e trait and i've beta thalassemia minor.We have 1 child so where we'll go a child specialist or a hematology?When we'll test our baby?

My husband have e trait and i've beta thalassemia minor.We have 1 child so where we'll go a child specialist or a hematology?When we'll test our baby?

Pediatri Hematology: If you need a specialist go to a pediatric hematologist or you can consult babies pediatrician as testing can be done by anybody and if the test is abnormal can be referred to a pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a normal woman. can I marry a e beta thalassemia minor guy?

Yes: The simple answer is that you can marry whoever you feel is the right mate for you. You just need to understand the potential consequences of that decision. Are you planning on having children? If you are sure your blood is normal, no issue. Your children will have E trait or beta-thal trait, but nothing worse. If not having children, no problem; this condition should not shorten his lifespan. ...Read more

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If one e teait married with beta thalassemia minor then what their baby will be?

If one e teait married with beta thalassemia minor then what their baby will be?

Offspring: A baby produced by the above union could have hemoglobin e beta thal minor. ...Read more

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What will be the result of our current and future baby bcoz my husband have e trait and i've beta thalassemia minor.

See below: 25 % (1 in 4) chance with each pregnancy of having a child with HGB e/beta thal disease. It is a lifelong illness that can result in serious health problems. Possible outcomes with pregnancy: 25 % chance of having child w/hgb e trait 25 % chance of having child w/beta thal minor/trait 25 % chance of having child hemoglobin e/beta thal disease 25 % chance of having child w/o trait/disease. ...Read more

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I've beta thalassemia minor and my husband have e trait. Is it necessary to test our baby? Is there any chances to get disease of our baby?

I've beta thalassemia minor and my husband have e trait. Is it necessary to test our baby? Is there any chances to get disease of our baby?

Not likely: Unless your infant is showing signs of anemia, you may do an hemoglobin electrophoresis at any time after several months of life. Fetal hemoglobin (normal) is usually present in decreasing amounts until around 18 months. Once the electrophoresis is done, you will know your baby's hemoglobin type. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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My husband have e trait and i've beta thalassemia minor and we have 1 child.After which month we will test our baby?Now she have passed 3 months.

My husband have e trait and i've beta thalassemia minor and we have 1 child.After which month we will test our baby?Now she have passed 3 months.

Anytime: Hemoglobin disorders like thalassemia can be evaluated in any infant after birth. In the us many states have newborn blood screen programs that evaluate thalassemias after a blood draw performed prior to discharge from the hospital. ...Read more

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Is it possible bone growth to resume if I have had hypothyroidism at 16 age with severe symptoms+heterozygous beta thalassemia minor.Now i am21 of age?

X-ray bone age: symp: Bone age for eval of growth potential when did patient start puberty-- what were the severe symptoms? Any transfusion history--usually for thal minor no transfusion needed. ...Read more

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Should you go ahead and get the h1n1 vaccine for your child if they have alpha beta thalassemia minor?

Should you go ahead and get the h1n1 vaccine for your child if they have alpha beta thalassemia minor?

Yes: Thalassemia minor is not a problem with any of the routine childhood or adult vaccinations. The vaccine benefits, and any uncommon side effects, should be the same in normal people as in thalassemia carriers. ...Read more

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My husband has beta thalassemia minor (BTM). My child is BTM as well. We want a second child. Can i take iron during pregnancy?

My husband has beta thalassemia minor (BTM). My child is BTM as well. We want a second child. Can i take iron during pregnancy?

Blood test: You should have your blood tested to see if you are anemic and to see if that anemia is caused by Iron deficiency. If so then Iron will be helpful. If not then Iron will not be helpful. ...Read more

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