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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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Can i donate blood if I have beta thalassemia trait?

Can i donate blood if I have beta thalassemia trait?

Yes: As long as you meet the donor requirements for donation, then having beta-thalassemia is not a criterion for exclusion. However, females with beta-thalassemia trait rarely meet the donor criterion of hemoglobin of 12 gm/dl and are frequently deferred. ...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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Can you donate blood if you have thalassemia trait?

Maybe: With thalassemia trait your hemoglobin level may be too low to qualify for donating blood.The trait does not disqualify you based on listings of various donation center sites.You do have to have to meat other age and health requirements. Look up some info at the carter blood care center site or the american red cross. ...Read more

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If someone with thalassemia trait were to donate blood, would the recipients of that blood be carriers?

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 more

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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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Does anemia relate to blood donation? And can I donate blood if I am slicely anemic?

Does anemia relate to blood donation? And can I donate blood if I am slicely anemic?

Danger: I am not sure how you could be so misinformed, but am very happy you reached out to us. An anemic patient needs blood to survive. They should not in any way be donating blood. That puts their life at risk and is completely a wrong decision. ...Read more

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Can a person with hemolytic anemia donate blood?

Can a person with hemolytic anemia donate blood?

Unwise.: If you have hemolytic anemia, you probably need to keep all the blood cells you've got! there are many different causes for hemolytic anemia. Check with your local red cross to find out if you qualify. ...Read more

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Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

No: A diagnosis of sickle cell disease precludes donation of blood. This is not only because of the presence of the disease itself, but also because patients with sickle cell disease fail to meet the hemoglobin criteria for donors set by the red cross, which is 12.5g/dl. ...Read more

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Blood test positive for sickle cell anemia doctor said she is not sure if it is the trait or the actual illness! what do I do next?

Depends: If your doctor did a sickledex that was positive, this might not distinguish between sickle trait and sickle cell disease. The next test is a hemoglobin electrophoresis. If this shows mainly HGB a with HGB s, this is sickle trait. If both a and s but more s, this is sickle/beta+ thalassemia. If only s, sickle cell disease or sickle/beta 0thalassemia. Your doctor can explain what these mean. ...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?

Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

NO: To simplify- providing that the father has a completely normal blood - ( no other type of congenital/hereditary bood disorder-like thalasemia minor, hemoglobin c disease etc) - the baby will have 50% risk to have sickle cell trait-but the baby will not have sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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Had recent trouble with severe anemia. Red blood cell count went down to a six. I ended up in the hospital getting transfused with three units of blood. Does sickle cell trait effect anemia?

Had recent trouble with severe anemia. Red blood cell count went down to a six. I ended up in the hospital getting transfused with three units of blood. Does sickle cell trait effect anemia?

Sickle cell trait...: Will not produce the anemia that you describe. You should work with your dr. To identify the cause and to correct it. I hope that you are feeling better after the care you received, and together with your dr you will get to the bottom of it. Good luck to you. Keep us posted. ...Read more

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Can a person with beta thalassemia trait be a blood donor?

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 more

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Can you donate blood if you have alpha thalassemia minor?

Can you donate blood if you have alpha thalassemia minor?

Possible: It mainly depends on the status of anemia at the time when the individual with Alpha thalassemia minor present at donation (hemoglobin higher than 12.5 or hematocrit at 38 or higher). You also need to comply to other criteria as qualified blood donor which vary between states in the us. ...Read more

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