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My wife has minor thalassemia.we plan to have child this yearWhat step should we take to make sure child will have no problem? What is the possibility

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Dr. Cindy Williams
Pediatrics

In brief: Thalassemia trait

Both of you would have to have the thalassemia trait, in order to have a 25% chance of having a child with thalassemia major.

In brief: Thalassemia trait

Both of you would have to have the thalassemia trait, in order to have a 25% chance of having a child with thalassemia major.
Dr. Cindy Williams
Dr. Cindy Williams
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In brief: Dad needs the test!

Congratulations! The issue for you as future parents is in knowing what YOUR status is.
If your wife is a carrier (thalassemia minor) and you are a carrier also, then you have about a 25% chance of having a child with the severe form of the disease. If you are tested and are completely negative, then you can relax. The worst case scenario would be that your child has thalassemia minor like Mom.

In brief: Dad needs the test!

Congratulations! The issue for you as future parents is in knowing what YOUR status is.
If your wife is a carrier (thalassemia minor) and you are a carrier also, then you have about a 25% chance of having a child with the severe form of the disease. If you are tested and are completely negative, then you can relax. The worst case scenario would be that your child has thalassemia minor like Mom.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Dr. Kyon Hood
Pediatrics

In brief: Testing

There are different types as well as different degrees of severity of thalassemia.
Discuss the option of testing with your primary physician to determine if you have a type of thalassemia. If you are neither a carrier nor have the disorder, your child would likely only have the potential to be a carrier & not have the actual disorder (assuming your wife has B-thalassemia minor).

In brief: Testing

There are different types as well as different degrees of severity of thalassemia.
Discuss the option of testing with your primary physician to determine if you have a type of thalassemia. If you are neither a carrier nor have the disorder, your child would likely only have the potential to be a carrier & not have the actual disorder (assuming your wife has B-thalassemia minor).
Dr. Kyon Hood
Dr. Kyon Hood
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