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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?

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