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What are the treatments available for beta thalassemia?

What are the  treatments available for beta thalassemia?

Blood transfusions: Beta thalassemia trait patients are non-anemic or mildly anemic, and they do not need treatment. Beta thalassemia intermedia patients have anemia, and sometimes they are severe enough to need occasional transfusions. Beta thalassemia major (cooley's anemia) patients are dependent on lifelong transfusions to survive, and they will eventually suffer from iron overload. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig MacArthur
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What is the latest successful treatment of beta thalassemia disies?

What is the latest successful treatment of beta thalassemia disies?

severity?: From your description, i assume you have severe symptoms. Transfusions are the mainstay. Splenectomy will help the enlarged spleen. Chelation will help the iron overload. The best hope for cure is stem cell transplantation, if available to you but is risky and expensive. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with heterozygous beta thalassemia . My iron levels was 6. This concerned me. Friend said iron treatment i'll get sick? What to do?

I was diagnosed with heterozygous beta thalassemia . My iron levels was 6. This concerned me. Friend said iron treatment i'll get sick? What to do?

I'm a bit skeptical: I find it surprising that a diagnosis of beta thal trait could have gone undiscovered for 37 years. Moreover, in the context of fe deficiency (which is suggested by a serum fe of 6), you can't definitively diagnose beta-thal trait. In an fe replete state, beta thal trait is suggested by a hemoglobin a2 (alpha2/delta2) of >3.5% i would correct the fe deficiency, then repeat the hgba2 quantitation. ...Read more

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What i need to do once i had diagnose "beta thalassemia" by doctor? What treatment I should do? Please help me doctor..

What i need to do once i had diagnose "beta thalassemia" by doctor? What treatment I should do? Please help me doctor..

Nothing: If you were just diagnosed with beta thalassemia at age 26, you must have the "minor" form, beta-thalassemia trait. You most likely have mild microcytic anemia that has been present all of your life. The only issue is that if your partner has beta-thalassemia trait, then you could have a child with severe transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia major. ...Read more

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Are particular people at risk for beta thalassemia?

Are particular people at risk for beta thalassemia?

Yes: Thalassemia is one of the most common gene mutations in the world. Overall, an estimated 20-25 million people are carriers (1/300) (about 1/1000 in low-risk peoples, and about 1/30 in high-risk peoples). Low risk: japanese, korean, n. European caucasians, native canadians, native americans. High risk: mediterranean, middle eastern, south asian, south-east asian (western pacific rim), caribbean. ...Read more

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What to do if I have beta thalassemia is this normal?

No: I am going to assume you have beta thalassemia minor. This is a minor abnormality that makes you trivially anemic and makes your blood cells look a little odd. If you marry someone else who has this, each of your children had 1/4 chance of having thal major, which is a horrible illness. Heads up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How are beta-thalassemia and leukemia related?

How are beta-thalassemia and leukemia related?

Unrelated: Beta thal is a congenital disease-where there is defect on the beta- globin inside the rbc. The severity of the disease depends on how many b- globin affected. Beta thal major is very debilitating- tansfusion dependent and only transplant can perhaps cure it. Leukemia however is malignancy of the progenitors of the white cells-in bone marrow. Different types of leukemia-acute vs chronic leukemia. ...Read more

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What is hemoglobin E-beta thalassemia?

What is hemoglobin E-beta thalassemia?

Sever anemia: This syndrome is quite common in Thailand ,where there. is a high incidence of the genes for B0 thalassemia and Be golobin ...Read more

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What causes hemoglobin E-beta thalassemia?

Thalassemia : This is a genetic hemolytic blood disorders transmitted to you from your parents in your genes & instead of having the normal Hgb A, it becomes abnormal Hgb. there are different types of thalassemia. If both parents are carriers or have the disease then the offspring might get the disease. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose hemoglobin E-beta thalassemia?

How do you diagnose hemoglobin E-beta thalassemia?

Pediatric Hematolo-: gists have the expertise to diagnose & treat Hb E/?-thalassaemia, which results from co-inheritance of a ?-thalassaemia allele, an alternative form of a gene, from 1 parent and the structural variant Hemoglobin E from the other. They check for co-inheritance of ?-thalassemia & polymorphisms, 2 or more alleles at 1 locus, that ^ synthesis of Fetal Hb. These are factors that determine severity. ...Read more

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Is there a means of prevention of beta thalassemia?

Genetics: Beta thalassemia is an inherited disorder. A person is born with the disorder. Prevention needs to be practiced by the prospective parents, through testing and genetic counselling by people in families with history of beta thalassemia. ...Read more

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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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Is hb e beta thalassemia cureble? Is it a trait or disease?

Genetic disorder: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc3237252/ "the disorder is characterized by marked clinical variability, ranging from a mild and asymptomatic anaemia to a life-threatening disorder requiring transfusions from infancy. "...."careful tailoring of treatment is required for each patient, and that therapeutic approaches should be re-assessed over-time." not curable..Look at website-. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of beta-thalassemia major?

What are the most common symptoms of beta-thalassemia major?

Anemia symptoms: The symptoms of beta thalassemia major are those of severe anemia, which include weakness, pallor (pale appearance), decreased growth/development, rapid heart rate, exercise intolerance, thickened bones as the marrow enlarges to try to make more blood cells, enlarged spleen, etc... ...Read more

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Is hgb e/beta thalassemia is dangerous for survive?Is it major thalassemia?

Manifestations vary: Hgb e/b-t results from inheritance of a HGB e mutation from one parent and a beta-thalassemia mutation from the other parent. The severity of HGB e/b-t varies from mild to severe. ~50% of individuals who have HGB e/b-t have severe manifestations that resemble thalassemia major. ~50% of individuals who have HGB e/b-t have symptoms similar to thalassemia intermedia. ...Read more

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Could a person on their 20's have any chance of living with beta thalassemia major?

Yes: It's a horrible disease but the newer remedies are helping these folks live longer and better. ...Read more

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