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Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Not if just 1 trait: Having either beta thalassemia trait or sickle cell trait is a mild condition and should not cause symptoms to the point of making a person frequently ill nor shortening life expectancy. Having beta thalassemia major or sickle cell disease, or both sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia trait, usually causes severe enough chronic disease symptoms to shorten lifespan an uncertain amount. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

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How does one test for sickle beta thalassemia?

How does one test for sickle beta thalassemia?

Blood test: Sickle Beta cell Thalassemia is an inherited disorder and new born screening is available and should be done . This disorder is due to decreased synthesis or absence of beta globulin chains . It may manifest in infancy and early childhood and may cause serious medical problems which need to be treated ...Read more

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What is sickle cell beta thalassemia?

What is sickle cell beta thalassemia?

Got both mutations: A person has sickle cell beta thalassemia if he inherited one gene mutation for sickle cell anemia, and also inherited one gene mutation for beta thalassemia. He can have symptoms of sickle cell disease, unlike patients with only sickle cell trait who are generally without symptoms. ...Read more

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Different between sickle cell anaemia and beta-thalassemia?

Different between sickle cell anaemia and beta-thalassemia?

Beta thalassemia: Is a quantitative deficiency of beta globin, caused by alterations in regulatory elements governing beta globin expression. The mutation that causes sickle cell anemia is a qualitative abnormality of beta globin. Two hgbs alleles causes sickle cell dz. But you can inherit one hgbs and one beta thal allele (so called sickle-beta thal). Dz severity depends on beta globin expression from thal allele. ...Read more

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My baby have hb e/beta thalassemia? Is it sickle cell disease?

No: It is not sickle cell disease. It is a "hemoglobinopathy" or genetic disorder of hemoglobin...And it can cause anemia. Sickle cell has malformed red blood cells that become "sickle" shaped and can get stuck in organs and vessels and cause pain. E/beta thalassemia is different. ...Read more

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Im 33 with sickle cell beta+thalassemia Im having sharp pain in right ear n jaw n throat. My neck hurtscslso all on my right side. Whats wrong?tp

Im 33 with sickle cell  beta+thalassemia Im having sharp pain in right ear n jaw n throat.  My neck hurtscslso all on my right side. Whats wrong?tp

More information?: For short duration pain, Sickle crisis may be but this pain sounds like many other problems. While deep pain may be difficult to pinpoint for the patient, she can have all of the diseases other people have. TMJ arthritis, supperative otitis media, lesions of middle ear, TM, upper pharynx. Many people with Sickle beta plus thal do not know it and never have seizures , others have them more often ...Read more

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What is the main difference between thalassemia and sickle cell anemia?

What is the main difference between thalassemia and sickle cell anemia?

SICKLE CELL AFFECTS : With sickle cell the spleen can be destroyed by the crisis episodes. ...Read more

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Can sickle thalassemia patients get married ?

Yes: You need to be aware of the likely consequences if you marry someone with similar genetic mutations. It's a horrible thing to live with sickle cell disease or thal major. Get good genetic guidance if you are are considering starting a family together. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to have sickle cell and thalassemia at the same time?

Yes: Coincidental alpha-thalassemia and sickle cell anemia are common in my patients. Also, sickle-beta-thalassemia is a common form of sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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I have a hemoglobinopathy (not sickle cell or thalassemia). At what point is medication considered for my anemia?

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 more

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