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Is there a treatment available for people with sickle cell trait and alpha thalassemia?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Hematologists (blood specialists) evaluate persons with both sickle cell trait and Alpha thalassemia disease.
The sickling should not be a problem, because the person is only sickle trait, and Alpha thal. Mutations seem to lessen the tendency of blood cells to sickle from the sickle cell mutation. Persons with both sickle trait and Alpha thal. Trait probably won't have symptoms needing treatment.

In brief: Yes
Hematologists (blood specialists) evaluate persons with both sickle cell trait and Alpha thalassemia disease.
The sickling should not be a problem, because the person is only sickle trait, and Alpha thal. Mutations seem to lessen the tendency of blood cells to sickle from the sickle cell mutation. Persons with both sickle trait and Alpha thal. Trait probably won't have symptoms needing treatment.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Carl Balog
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Coordinate care
Both are genetic disorders that have chronic effects on the body, sickle cell trait probably being the more serious of the two.
It is not the same as sickle cell disease--considered worse. Treatment needs to be coordinated by a specialist or your primary care, if they are knowledgeable. There are many many variables, so learn as much as you can about them and advocate with your doctor.

In brief: Coordinate care
Both are genetic disorders that have chronic effects on the body, sickle cell trait probably being the more serious of the two.
It is not the same as sickle cell disease--considered worse. Treatment needs to be coordinated by a specialist or your primary care, if they are knowledgeable. There are many many variables, so learn as much as you can about them and advocate with your doctor.
Dr. Carl Balog
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