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Can People With Hemoglobinopathy Donate Their Blood
Trait vs disease.: Hemoglobinopathies are a variety of inherited diseases where the hemoglobin molecule (part of RBC that attaches to o2 which all cells need to live) is malformed. Examples are sickle cell & thalassemia anemia. Abnormal gene from one parent, usually have 'trait' and live healthy life. Gene from each parent, get the disease: infection, stress, a cold, other events can set off a crisis and instability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on disease: Thalassemia and sickle cell disease are the two most common hemoglobinopathies. They both have very different symptoms. Thal patients may have symptoms of anemia like feeling tired and some may need life long blood transfusions. Sickle patients may have pain crisis, infections, chest crisis, strokes, chronic organ damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hereditary anemia: Thalassemia is a type of hemoglobinopathy. It is inherited from one or both of your parents. There are many kind of thalassemia. Most causes anemia (low red blood cell count). Anemia couod be severe requiring blood. Taking iron does not cure the disease. Thalassemia is common in people living in the mediteranian countries, africa, middle east, india, and sotheastern asia such as thailand, laos, et. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a hemoglobinopathy (not sickle cell or thalassemia). At what point is medication considered for my anemia?
Symptoms or severe: Depends on specific etiology, as treatments may vary significantly. Generally aggressive tx like transfusions are avoided except in emergencies, but other tx will be considered if there are sxs (like dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath) or if the blood level is low enough to cause other issues (e.g., high-output heart failure). Diet may be important as well in minimizing or avoiding meds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Various: These relate to hemoglobin, the molecule that helps transport oxygen, and is made of 4 subunits. Adults have 2alpha & 2beta, while kids have 2alpha & 2gamma. Other minor forms also exist. Any disorder that alters these subunits can lead to hemoglobinopathy, some of which have no significance (d and e) and others that may (thalassemia & sickle cell). ...Read more
Most so not: Most have altered hemoglobin in the form of "trait." Those individuals may only have small red cells but no anemia. However, patients who have full blown hemoglobinopathy are usually anemic. There are many forms of hemoglobinopathies... Such as thalassemia. Sickle cell disease vs trait is another type of altered hemoglobin. ...Read more
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