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Sickle Cell Thalassemia Disease
This is a genetic disorder in which hemoglobin is abnormally made., more common in people of african descent. This abnormality causes red blood cells to become stiff and fall apart. This can cause very specific symptoms: pain, pneumonias, strokes, spleen problems, and many other problems. Some have mild disease, some ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The mutations causing sickle cell disease and beta thalassemias both occur in the beta hemoglobin gene. There are many people who have one copy of beta hemoglobin with the sickle cell mutation, and the other copy carries a beta-thalassemia mutation. Depending on the combination, symptoms can vary. For a nice summary, see: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/facts.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: Sickle cell and beta thalassemia both affect the same part of hemoglobin. If you inherit a sickle gene from one parent and a thalassemia gene from the other, you have sickle/b-thalassemia. The severity depends on whether the thal gene works a little (b+) or not at all (b0). Sickle cell and Alpha thalassemia are inherited independently; you can inherit both from the same parent or one from each. ...Read more
Most less severe: Most are less severe in sickle cell thalassemia, but depends. HbS/B(0)thal: similar to HbSS in severity maybe slightly less severe. HbS/B(+)thal: has 60% HbSS and 30% HbA, thus less severe than HbSS (sickle cell alone). HbS/A-thal: less severe than HbSS due to decreased HbSS amount. ...Read more
Yes: Both sickle cell and beta thalassemia affect the same gene; each person has 2 copies of that gene. If you have a sickle mutation on one gene and a thal mutation on the other you have sickle/beta-thal, which behaves much like sickle cell anemia. You can also inherit sickle cell anemia and Alpha thalassemia together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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