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What is thalassemia and thalassemia trait?

What is thalassemia and thalassemia trait?

Cooley's Anemia: Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia. Thalassemia trait is a genetic possibility you pass on to your offspring. The most important reason for discovering if you carry the thalassemia trait is this: if two people who each. ...Read more

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My baby's report says he has thalassemia trait. Whats that mean?

My baby's report says he has thalassemia trait. Whats that mean?

Knowledge: Thalassemias are autosomal recessive blood disorders. That means you must have two copies of the gene to have the disease. Your baby has one copy of the abnormal gene, so her blood production will be normal. What they need to realize when they grow and get married is if their partner is also a carrier, then their children have a 25% risk of acquiring both genes and developing the disease. ...Read more

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Can you donate blood if you have thalassemia trait?

Can you donate blood if you have thalassemia  trait?

Maybe: With thalassemia trait your hemoglobin level may be too low to qualify for donating blood.The trait does not disqualify you based on listings of various donation center sites.You do have to have to meat other age and health requirements. Look up some info at the carter blood care center site or the american red cross. ...Read more

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Are hb s levels elevated with beta thalassemia trait?

Are hb s levels elevated with beta thalassemia trait?

No: With beta thalassemia trait alone, no hemoglobin s should be detected. If hemoglobin s is being detected in addition to beta thalassemia trait then the patient has a form of sickle cell beta thalassemia disease. ...Read more

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If someone with thalassemia trait were to donate blood, would the recipients of that blood be carriers?

No: The donated blood does not alter the recipients system in the long term.The blood cells each have a lifespan approaching 90-100 days after release, then they are broken down in the body and recycled. Blood donation helps a patient catch up with blood losses in the short term and provide stability of the system while it heals. ...Read more

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Could i be an egg donor if I have thalassemia trait?

It appears not: According to information from Egg Donor America (http://www.eggdonoramerica.com/egg_donor_become.php) potential egg donors need to be between ages 18 and 32 and have "no family history of inheritable genetic disorders". I'm sorry. ...Read more

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If both parents have thalassemia trait, what will happen with their offspring?

25-50-25: Generally, the hemoglobinopathies are inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion, which means you must have an abnormal copy of the gene from each of your parents. If each parent has one abnormal copy of the same gene, then each child has a 25% chance of being normal, a 50% chance of having one copy of the abnormal gene (trait), and a 25% chance of having two abnormal copies (thalassemia.). ...Read more

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Can i donate blood if I have beta thalassemia trait?

Yes: As long as you meet the donor requirements for donation, then having beta-thalassemia is not a criterion for exclusion. However, females with beta-thalassemia trait rarely meet the donor criterion of hemoglobin of 12 gm/dl and are frequently deferred. ...Read more

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