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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. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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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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My child is suffering from thalassemia major & advised for a spleen removal operation after few weeks, is this normal?

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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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?

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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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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Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

Thalassemia is sever anemia,it ...Read more