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How is thalassemia diagnosed?

How is thalassemia diagnosed?

Blood tests: Thalassemia is diagnosed by blood tests: routine blood counts, hemoglobin electrophoresis to find out the types of hemoglobin one has in one's blood, and dna analysis to try to see if certain mutations are present. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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What are the symptoms of thalassemia?

What are the symptoms of thalassemia?

Thalassemia: Thalassemia major can cause severe anemia and cardiac decompensation in first few months of life if not treated.Thalassemia minor causes mild anemia. Thalassmia intermedia may require transfusions. Severity of anemia causes pallor, jaundice,hematopoises in other organs causing splenomegaly, neurological symptoms, pallor, deformilty of bones of face/skull ...Read more

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What happens when you have thalassemia?

Trouble making blood: Alpha thalassemia is caused by a mutation in one or more of the 4 genes that code for (holds the dna for) Alpha globulin, which is needed to make hemoglobin for new red blood cells. Beta thalassemia is caused by a mutation in one or both of the 2 beta globulin genes. Persons with thalassemia have less or little ability to make Alpha and/or beta globulin, so they can't make enough red blood cells. ...Read more

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Person have thalassemia, what food should be taken?

Person have thalassemia, what food should be taken?

I'm not aware...: Of a thalassemia specific diet. A few thoughts though. A balanced diet is advised for anyone. Thalassemia pts can have ineffective erythropoiesis, and more rapid red cell turnover. Thus a folate (folic acid) supplement could be warranted. Also, pts often have more robust fe absorption, so monitoring may be warranted. You should be followed by a hematologist or a primary provider comfortable w/ thalassemia. ...Read more

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Is thalassemia fatal?

Is thalassemia fatal?

Very rarely: Thalassemia comes in many degrees of severity. Patients with Alpha or beta thalassemia minor are mildly anemic but typically are very healthy and have a normal lifespan. Beta thalassemia intermedia and major, and 3 gene Alpha thalassemia are increasingly more severe and require more intervention, but patients who receive good care and follow their doctor's instructions can lead a normal life. ...Read more

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Cure for thalassemia?

Cure for thalassemia?

Marrow Transplant: Currently the only way to "cure" thalassemia is to replace enough of the marrow cells that make red cells/ hemoglobin to result in normal oxygen carrying and delivery as well as reduced numbers of fragile red cells. And the only way to do this is by bone marrow transplantation. ...Read more

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Is thalassemia curable?

Bone marow transplan: Just like what dr. Kwok said- the only thing that can cure thalassemia major is allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Otherwise, the rest of management of thalassemia major is mainly supportive care with blood transfusion, iron chelating agent, and other treatment to reduce the complication from iron overload. No major treatment needed for thalassemia minor or trait -discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is thalassemia treatable?

By blood transfusion: In thalassemia patients who are very anemic, and have symptoms from their anemia, periodic transfusions is the usual treatment. If they have had many transfusions, their bodies will get iron overload from the past transfusions (chelation therapy to remove iron may be needed). The cure for thalassemia major is through bone marrow transplantation. ...Read more

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What is trait thalassemia?

Ok: Thal trait is different from thal major--the trait has one chromosome for this disease and the full disease means each parent gave the trait and that the child got a thalassemia gene from each parent which can cause thal major, a very serious and transfusion requiring process. There are different types of thalassemia--some more concerning than others. Please ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for thalassemia?

Bone marrow trnsplnt: The cure for thalassemia major is through bone marrow transplantation, either from umbilical cord blood stem cells or from donor bone marrow stem cells. Thalassemia minor is a mild form of the disease, so a transplant would not be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Engel
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