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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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Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

Thalassemia is sever anemia,it ...Read more


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What are the most common symptoms of beta-thalassemia major?

What are the most common symptoms of beta-thalassemia major?

Anemia symptoms: The symptoms of beta thalassemia major are those of severe anemia, which include weakness, pallor (pale appearance), decreased growth/development, rapid heart rate, exercise intolerance, thickened bones as the marrow enlarges to try to make more blood cells, enlarged spleen, etc... ...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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How does one test for sickle beta thalassemia?

How does one test for sickle beta thalassemia?

Blood test: Sickle Beta cell Thalassemia is an inherited disorder and new born screening is available and should be done . This disorder is due to decreased synthesis or absence of beta globulin chains . It may manifest in infancy and early childhood and may cause serious medical problems which need to be treated ...Read more

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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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Is there a means of prevention of beta thalassemia?

Genetics: Beta thalassemia is an inherited disorder. A person is born with the disorder. Prevention needs to be practiced by the prospective parents, through testing and genetic counselling by people in families with history of beta thalassemia. ...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 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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