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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: I am going to assume you have beta thalassemia minor. This is a minor abnormality that makes you trivially anemic and makes your blood cells look a little odd. If you marry someone else who has this, each of your children had 1/4 chance of having thal major, which is a horrible illness. Heads up. Best wishes. ...Read more
What kind?: Beta thal minor shouldn't be a problem. If you have beta thal major and are asking this question, you should be congratulated on your excellent response to treatment and I hope that you get what you want -- but don't be disapponted if you're asked to remain a civilian. ...Read more
Major or minor?: Beta thal minor is a non-problem; the rate of red cell production is somewhat higher so get plenty of Folic Acid in your diet or supplement. Beta thal major is a very serious illness requiring lifelong close management by a physician; again, the need for Folic Acid and a generally nutritious diet is worth remembering but there's no magical food remedy. Good luck. ...Read more
How to know if someone had thalassemia @ beta thalassemia ?What criteria if they had it is dangerous?
Why is it that alpha and beta -thalassemias result in more clinically severe diseases than other types of thalassemia?
Used for blood cells: Alpha globulin (made by the Alpha genes) and beta globulin (made by the beta genes) are the 2 globulin molecules needed to make normal adult hemoglobin (the red stuff in normal red blood cells). Mutations that prevent Alpha and beta globulin production will cause severe symptoms, but other mutations may not be as noticeable if the proteins the other genes make are not as crucial to life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer