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Can a person wtih alpha thalassemia trait donate blood?

Can a person wtih alpha thalassemia trait donate blood?

Maybe: A person with Alpha thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic. If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more difficult time making hemoglobin (to make new red blood cells), he may not wish to be a blood donor. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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Can I donate blood if I have alpha thalassemia trait?

Can I donate blood if I have alpha thalassemia trait?

Yes but..: Alpha thalassemia trait will not preclude from donating blood. Anemia (which is checked on intake at the donation center) may preclude you though, depending on how severe the anemia, if present at all, is. ...Read more

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My 3yr old daughter has an Alpha thalassemia trait which i found she inherited from me. We're the same blood type could that have been the reason?

My 3yr old daughter has an Alpha thalassemia trait which i found she inherited from me. We're the same blood type could that have been the reason?

Inheritance: Both are inherited characteristics and are simply due to the fact that you are her mother (and were also affected by the father)...they aren't "linked" together. Thalasemias are due to production defects in hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying part of your red blood cells. Blood type (A, B, O) is due to carbohydrate groups on the red cells. Whichever type you have is your blood type. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions after delivery be safe for someone with alpha thalassemia trait?

Are blood transfusions after delivery be safe for someone with alpha thalassemia trait?

Safe if necessary: Blood transfusions are given only when necessary especially in the younger population or blood disorders. Transfusions are necessary for major bleeding resulting in shock, low blood pressures, or continued blood loss. All transfusions are screened and safe but there is always a 1-3% risk of a clerical error. Pts. With blood disorders face increased risk of blood transfusion reactions. ...Read more

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Does alpha thalassemia trait have gene therapy available?

Does alpha thalassemia trait have gene therapy available?

No: Alpha thalassemia trait only causes mild anemia, and the person usually has no symptoms. Gene therapy is not available and would not be needed. ...Read more

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Is alpha thalassemia trait the same thing as alpha thalassemia?

Not quite: Normal people have 4 Alpha globulin genes. Mutations in 1, 2, 3, or all 4 of the genes cause the 4 levels of Alpha thalassemia. One mutation = silent carrier (no symptoms), 2 mutat. = Alpha trait (mild anemia), 3 mutat. = HGB h disease (anemia sometimes needing transfusions), 4 mutat. = bart's disease (fatal before birth in almost all cases; lifelong transfusions needed to survive if born alive). ...Read more

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What is the alpha thalassemia trait?

Inherited defect: Our regular hemoglobin is composed of Alpha and beta chains that come together to form working hemaglobin. Alpha thalassemia trait occurs when a person inherits a defective Alpha chain gene from one parent & a normal Alpha chain gene from the other. This causes some reduction in Alpha chain production with resulting mild anemia. ...Read more

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What to do about alpha thalassemia trait (minor) with asthama?

What to do about alpha thalassemia trait (minor) with asthama?

Nothing: Alpha thal minor is uttery trivial. Manage your asthma and if you choose to marry, be aware of your alpha-thal and the risk that marrying someone else with the same condition puts your children at risk. ...Read more

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Do people with alpha thalassemia trait commonly have intestinal problems?

Do people with alpha thalassemia trait commonly have intestinal problems?

No: People with Alpha thalassemia trait are similar to regular people. Some Alpha thal. Trait persons are mildly anemic, but the anemia is not enough to cause symptoms. A few people may be anemic enough to feel tired or have pallor (pale appearance). Intestinal problems, and other medical problems, can occur just as they occur in non-thalassemic persons. ...Read more

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I have alpha thalassemia trait. Are there programs I can do to train myself to run a race without passing out or getting too fatigued?

I have alpha thalassemia trait. Are there programs I can do to train myself to run a race without passing out or getting too fatigued?

Like normal...: A person with Alpha thalassemia trait (two mutated Alpha chain genes and two normal) usually has no symptoms. You may be slightly anemic, but this should not affect your exercise performance. Perhaps if you were running ultra marathons in the alps you might see an effect, but otherwise you should be able to train normally and do great. Regardless of Alpha thal trait, stay hydrated. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

Thalassemia is a genetic condition in which the oxygen carrying hemoglobin molecule is altered by genetic mutations. This leads to symptoms of anemia include fatigue, pallor, ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Hemoglobin H Disease (Definition)

Hemoglobin H disease (alpha thalassemia) is a blood disease where one of the molecules that helps carry oxygen in the blood cell is missing. This causes a ...Read more