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How much lifespan does a child have who is suffering from major thalassemia?

How much lifespan does a child have who is suffering from major thalassemia?

It varies: Beta-thal major is a serious blood disorder that requires significant medical care. These children require regular blood transfusions and then treatments to keep their body from holding on to too much iron from these transfusions. Some children are cured of this disease with a bone marrow transplant, and if successful, may have a normal life span, but not all children are eligible for transplant. ...Read more

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What is the lifespan for a child have suffering from major thalassemia?

What is the lifespan for a child have suffering from major thalassemia?

Beta: 20's to 30's: Alpha thalassemia major is fatal before birth in almost all cases. Beta thalassemia major babies look normal at birth. Symptoms start after age 6-8 months. If good treatment starts then, with regular transfusions, plus chelation to remove excess iron, patients can survive into their 20's and 30's. Medical care and technologies improve over time, so that patients today may live longer than before. ...Read more

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After how much time does the child suffering from thalassemia major show symptoms of disease after birth?

After how much time does the child suffering from thalassemia major show symptoms of disease after birth?

6-8 months for beta: Alpha thalassemia major is generally fatal before birth, with just rare cases born alive. Beta thalassemia major babies look normal at birth because fetal hemoglobin doesn't need beta globulin. As fetal hemoglobin goes away and adult hemoglobin starts being made, the baby will feel the effects of his lack of beta globulin. Symptoms start after the first 6-8 months of life. ...Read more

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Following how much time does the child suffering from thalassemia major show symptoms of disease after birth?

Following how much time does the child suffering from thalassemia major show symptoms of disease after birth?

9-12 months old: Children with beta-thalassemia major usually demonstrate no initial symptoms until the later part of the first year of life (when beta chains are needed to pair with Alpha chains to form hemoglobin (hb) a, after gamma chains production is turned off). ...Read more

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My child is suffering from thalassemia major & advised for a spleen removal operation after few weeks, is this normal?

Thalassemia Major: Treatment for thalassemia major often involves regular blood transfusions and folate (folic acid) supplements. If you receive blood transfusions, you should not take iron supplements. Doing so can cause a high amount of iron to build up in the body, which can be harmful. Persons who receive significant numbers of blood transfusions need a treatment called chelation therapy to remove excess iron from the body. ...Read more

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How long after birth does a child who inherited thalassemia major show symptoms?

How long after birth does a child who inherited thalassemia major show symptoms?

6-8 months for beta: Alpha thalassemia major is generally fatal before birth, with just rare cases born alive. Beta thalassemia major babies look normal at birth because fetal hemoglobin doesn't need beta globulin. As fetal hemoglobin goes away and adult hemoglobin starts being made, the baby will feel the effects of his lack of beta globulin. Symptoms start after the first 6-8 months of life. ...Read more

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Why in thalssemia major child will develop stunted growth and delayed in puberty?

Why in thalssemia major child will develop stunted growth and  delayed in puberty?

Poor oxygen/nutrient: Thalessemia major is a genetric disorder which can and typically cause significant /severe anmia. The normal blood is essential to carry oxygen and nutrients to all organs/body tissues. A child with severe anemia will likely experience stunned growth/pubertal development because of pooor oxygen/nutrients needed for propper growth/development. Many have shortened lifespan. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband and I just received news that we both have beta Thalassemia. He is Caucasian and I'm Indian. What are the chances of our child getting this?

My husband and I just received news that we both have beta Thalassemia. He is Caucasian and I'm Indian. What are the chances of our child getting this?

Depends: Thalassemia is autosomal recessive. That means that you only get the disease if you have the gene on both of your chromosome pairs. If you and your husband both have the actual disease, there is a 100% chance your children will have it. If you both have trait (one normal and one disease gene), there is a 25% chance they will have it, and a 50% chance they will be a carrier. I have attached a pic. ...Read more

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What is the lifespan of a tay-sachs diseased child?

Tay-Sachs Disease: For individuals with classic tay-sachs disease, death usually occurs by 2-4 years of age from bronchopneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the lifespan of a child with SMA type 2?

What is the lifespan of a child with SMA type 2?

Depends: Sma ii usually appears between 6-18 months. Progression varies widely in this type of sma with some patients falling to respiratory failure/pneumonia as children, while others can lead a full life into adulthood. ...Read more

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I have thalassemia minor. My question is, if my husband is normal can my child be born normal too?

I have thalassemia minor. My question is, if my husband is normal can my child be born normal too?

Yes: If one parent has thalassemia minor, and the other parent has normal hemoglobin (not a carrier of Alpha thal, beta thal, sickle cell, etc...), then the children of the two parents will be normal (have normal hemoglobin), or close to normal (have thal minor). Thal minor generally doesn't cause symptoms. In rare cases, a new or additional mutation could occur and make the situation more complicated. ...Read more

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If a child is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a young age, will this decrease his lifespan?

If a child is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a young age, will this decrease his lifespan?

Possibly: Patients with type 2 diabetes are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and vision loss, among other things. It's essential that all patients with diabetes take their medication as directed, eat a healthy diet, and get exercise. Taking good care of diabetes will help the body stay healthier longer. ...Read more

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If one parent has hb e beta thalassemia and the other is normal, is their child can get disease?

If one parent has hb e beta thalassemia and the other is normal, is their child can get disease?

No: The normal parent will give his or her normal gene to their baby. That means the baby will have one abnormal and one normal gene, meaning the baby would be a "carrier" of one bad gene and not suffer the actual disease. The only way the baby would end up with 2 abnormal genes is if the gene from the normal parent got altered by a new mutation... Which is unlikely to happen. ...Read more

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Which low iron fruits are good for a e beta thalassemia child?Which are low iron fruits?Pls advice..

Which low iron fruits are good for a e beta thalassemia child?Which are low iron fruits?Pls advice..

Complicated diet: Avoid prunes and prune juice, spinach, watermelon,leafy green vegetables, fav beans, dates, raisins, peas and broccoli. Also avoid meats, peanut butter, tofu, infant cereals and other cereals fortified with iron, flour tortillas, anything cooked in a cast iron skillet. Avoid citrus with meals as it increases iron absorption. Your child will need to have limited iron intake as well as vitamin and essential mineral supplements under the direction of a nutritionist with experience in thalassemia. It is essential that diet be guided with nutrition consultation. Tea with meals suppresses absorption of iron. ...Read more

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My 4 months child have e/beta thalassemia.After transfusion her hb is 12.5. Is it will be severe when she grown-up?

My 4 months child have e/beta thalassemia.After transfusion her hb is 12.5. Is it will be severe when she grown-up?

Beta- Thalassemia: 2 types of beta- thalassemia . Minor and major. Minor causes mild anemia and do not responds to iron therapy. Major, ( cooley anemia ) causes severe anemia, and pt requires multiple blood tranfusions. Major is the most common worldwide cause of transfusion- dependent anemia. Liver and spleen are markedly enlarged .Inadequate tranfusion leads to recurrent inf, fracture of bones, poor growth etc. ...Read more

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My husband have e trait and I have beta thalassemia minor and we have 1 child.What will be the result of our current and future baby?

My husband have e trait and I have beta thalassemia minor and we have 1 child.What will be the result of our current and future baby?

Genetics.: Assuming your husband is heterozygous and you are homozygous for exactly the same trait, your children will all have the trait (heterozygous) or like you will have the condition (homozygous). Chances roughly 50-50 if you had statistically enough children. ...Read more

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My husband have e trait and i've beta thalassemia minor and we have 1 child.After which month we will test our baby?Now she have passed 3 months.

My husband have e trait and i've beta thalassemia minor and we have 1 child.After which month we will test our baby?Now she have passed 3 months.

Anytime: Hemoglobin disorders like thalassemia can be evaluated in any infant after birth. In the us many states have newborn blood screen programs that evaluate thalassemias after a blood draw performed prior to discharge from the hospital. ...Read more