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Beta thalassemia anemia and ice cravings?

Beta thalassemia anemia and ice cravings?

A type of pica: Craving ice is a common symptom seen among patients with thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and other chronic anemias. Why this occurs is not fully understood. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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Is it normal to have ice cravings with beta thalassemia anemia?

Is it normal to have ice cravings with beta thalassemia anemia?

Maybe: Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia. Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia. ...Read more

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Do hb e/beta thalassemia anemia reduce life expectancy?

Not necessarily: Did you look at the website reference i sent? It is quite informative. You will be best served with a visit to a specialist to get all your questions answered. It is clear you are so worried about this, and it would be so much more reassuring to have a face to face visit with someone who can answer all your great questions. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between microcytic anemia and beta-thalassemia?

Is there a difference between microcytic anemia and beta-thalassemia?

Yes: Microcytic anemia means a person is anemic, and part of the reason is that his red blood cells are quite small. Beta thalassemia is just one of the causes of microcytic anemia. Microcytic anemia can also be caused by iron deficiency, Alpha thalassemia, etc... ...Read more

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Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Not if just 1 trait: Having either beta thalassemia trait or sickle cell trait is a mild condition and should not cause symptoms to the point of making a person frequently ill nor shortening life expectancy. Having beta thalassemia major or sickle cell disease, or both sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia trait, usually causes severe enough chronic disease symptoms to shorten lifespan an uncertain amount. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood if I have anemia thalassemia beta trait?

Can I donate blood if I have anemia thalassemia beta trait?

If anemic, no: The red cross won't let people who are anemic donate blood. People are checked for anemia at their screening for blood donation, and if your hemoglobin is less than 12.5 they will not allow you to donate blood. Not everyone with beta thalassemia trait is anemic, so there is a chance that you may pass the screening. However, if you know that you often have a low hemoglobin, expect to be turned away. ...Read more

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Are hb s levels elevated with beta thalassemia trait?

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

Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

Thalassemia is sever anemia,it ...Read more