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Is thalassemia major a problem in pregnancy?

Is thalassemia major a problem in pregnancy?

Thal major...: ...Is always a problem, but a good outcome is common: http://www.Thalassemia.Org/index.Php?Option=com_content&view=article&id=297:study-looks-at-pregnancy-in-thalassemia&catid=1:latest-news. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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If a thalassemia major patient married a normal guy, will the thalassemia be passed down?

If a thalassemia major patient married a normal guy, will the thalassemia be passed down?

If the partner...: ...Has thalassemia trait or another hemoglobin disease, the child can be anemic. Otherwise the child will probably have thalassemia trait or thalassemia minor - not actually sick, but capable of having affected children with another carrier. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thalassemia major?

What are the symptoms of thalassemia major?

See below: The most severe form of Alpha thalassemia major causes stillbirth (death of the unborn baby during birth or the late stages of pregnancy). Children born with thalessemia major (cooley's anemia) are normal at birth, but develop severe anemia during the first year of life. Other symptoms can include: •bone deformities in the face •fatigue •growth failure •shortness of breath •yellow skin. ...Read more

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Is there is any cure for thalassemia major?

Bone marrow transpla: The only present cure for thalassemia major is through bone marrow transplant. This delicate procedure is quite risky even in he best hands but can be life saving if a donor match is found. ...Read more

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Can thalassemia minor change into thalassemia major?

Can thalassemia minor change into thalassemia major?

No: Thalassemia minor is a heterozygous condition and thalassemia major is homozygous and a person is born with the defect. One does not turn into the other. ...Read more

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Is beta thalassemia major andd hb e/beta thalassemia same?

Not the same.: Hemoglobin e is found in the asian population frequently and may be seen with thal trait. Thal major is a serious problem requiring much intervention, including transfusions and frequently splenectomy. Your doctor should be your guiding you. Pregnancy needs to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Which blood test should be done to detect if thalassemia-major or minor?

Electrophoresis: Usually, the type of thalassemia can be determined by a blood smear accompanied by hemoglobin electrophoresis. A laboratory physician can interpret the results and determine what hemoglobin abnormality is present. For certain types of disease, a genetic test may be necessary. ...Read more

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What if a patient with thalassemia major starts to have a high bilirubin?

What if a patient with thalassemia major starts to have a high bilirubin?

Several reasons: Many patients with thalassemia will have elevated bilirubin from the start. This can be made worse here and there from certain experiences which cause the body to breakdown blood cells more rapidly (infection, new medications). Also, if the bilirubin has been climbing, i would check the health of the liver. This can be done with blood tests, mris and possibly biopsies. ...Read more

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What blood test should be done to detect if a person is thalassemia-major or minor?

Hgb A2 and Hgb F: Thalassemia is a genetic disease and depending of the genetic type it will be major or minor. Anemia is severe plus others serious symptoms, splenomegaly, growth retardation, abnormal bone marrow.The level of serum bilirubin, iron and ferritin are elevated. Bone marrow study reveals market erythroid hyperplasia. The minor type has a benign course. Complete blood count is an important test also. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

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