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Thalassemia Anemia Expectancy
Not necessarily: Did you look at the website reference i sent? It is quite informative. You will be best served with a visit to a specialist to get all your questions answered. It is clear you are so worried about this, and it would be so much more reassuring to have a face to face visit with someone who can answer all your great questions. ...Read more
Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...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
See below: There are several thalassemias, which are disorders of the proteins in hemoglobin in the blood. This causes small blood cells. Most thalassemias are minor and don't cause any problems, and some are so serious you can't live with them. Anemia means a low blood count. Thalassemias are not really a low blood count, but they look like it because the cells are small. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia. Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia. ...Read more
If anemic, no: The red cross won't let people who are anemic donate blood. People are checked for anemia at their screening for blood donation, and if your hemoglobin is less than 12.5 they will not allow you to donate blood. Not everyone with beta thalassemia trait is anemic, so there is a chance that you may pass the screening. However, if you know that you often have a low hemoglobin, expect to be turned away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
People with thalassemia or hemolytic anemia, why they present usually with hemoglobinuria ? Inspite they have reduced rbcs !
Hemoglobinuria....: Is simply the presence of hemoglobin in the urine, and can be seen in any condition that results in intravascular hemolysis. It is not a specific finding. Indeed it can be seen in thalassemias, where red cells are more prone to oxidant stress and mechanical disruption. There many intrinsic and extrinsic reasons for hemolysis to occur. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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