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Can a person with alpha thalassemia marry someone with beta thalassemia safely?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Marriage is no problem. Getting pregnant, however, may not be recommended if they have moderate or severe thalassemia.
If they have only "trait", they will be fine if their children only inherit "no trait" or "trait from either mom or dad". If a child inherits "trait" from both mom and dad, the child might have a problem. A geneticist and hematologist can give more details for individual cases.

In brief: Yes

Marriage is no problem. Getting pregnant, however, may not be recommended if they have moderate or severe thalassemia.
If they have only "trait", they will be fine if their children only inherit "no trait" or "trait from either mom or dad". If a child inherits "trait" from both mom and dad, the child might have a problem. A geneticist and hematologist can give more details for individual cases.
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Dr. Hasan Noubani
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: No

They will get at least 25% of babies with homozygous Alpha and 25% beta.
So it is not safe.

In brief: No

They will get at least 25% of babies with homozygous Alpha and 25% beta.
So it is not safe.
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