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Can A Person Wtih Alpha Thalassemia Trait Donate Blood
Yes, but unlikely: A person with beta 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Marriage is no problem. Getting pregnant, however, may not be recommended if they have moderate or severe thalassemia. If they have only "trait", they will be fine if their children only inherit "no trait" or "trait from either mom or dad". If a child inherits "trait" from both mom and dad, the child might have a problem. A geneticist and hematologist can give more details for individual cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sickle cell trait: If you have the trait you can donate blood, but if you have the disease you are not eligible ...Read more
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Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?
If someone with thalassemia trait were to donate blood, would the recipients of that blood be carriers?
No: The donated blood does not alter the recipients system in the long term.The blood cells each have a lifespan approaching 90-100 days after release, then they are broken down in the body and recycled. Blood donation helps a patient catch up with blood losses in the short term and provide stability of the system while it heals. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of course you can: A person can marry anyone they like. From a thalassemia perspective, and assuming your Alpha thal trait is in cis, your child has a 50/50 chance of being Alpha thal trait vs. Normal and a 50/50 chance of being beta thal trait vs. Normal. Given there is consideration of inheriting two distinct trait states, it would be prudent to sit with a genetic counselor to understand the implications clearly. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of course: It's always wise to stay well-hydrated if you have sickle-trait. ...Read more
Electrophoresis, but: Levels of hemoglobin h and hemoglobin barts should make the distinction straightforward though there may be modifying genes that could make interpretation. The real question is the implications in planning your family and for this perhaps you would like to have genetic testing done. Any hematologist would probably enjoy helping you out. Good luck. ...Read more
Thal trait: Maybe. Full disease no.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not wise: When your body is low on neutrophils you are at increased risk of infection, and this is not a normal state, so it needs evaluated to determine the cause. It may be from some infections, cancers, drug effects, or severe stress. See your dr., get healthy, and then consider donating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Some blood banks consider icthyosis an autoimmune disease and will not accept your blood. Some banks will not accept your blood if you are on accutane, and varying other medications. I disagree with the autoimmune designation so i would suggest checking out your local blood banks policies as these can vary. Theoretically you should be able to donate blood if you meet certain criteria. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes and no: If you have the sickle cell mutation on one beta hemoglobin gene and a thalassemia mutation on the second gene, then you have sickle cell beta thalassemia - this is not a trait but a disease. The severity of the disease is dependent upon the size/ location of the thalassemia mutation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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