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Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not if just 1 trait
Having either beta thalassemia trait or sickle cell trait is a mild condition and should not cause symptoms to the point of making a person frequently ill nor shortening life expectancy.
Having beta thalassemia major or sickle cell disease, or both sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia trait, usually causes severe enough chronic disease symptoms to shorten lifespan an uncertain amount.

In brief: Not if just 1 trait
Having either beta thalassemia trait or sickle cell trait is a mild condition and should not cause symptoms to the point of making a person frequently ill nor shortening life expectancy.
Having beta thalassemia major or sickle cell disease, or both sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia trait, usually causes severe enough chronic disease symptoms to shorten lifespan an uncertain amount.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Life expectancy
With clinically significant sickle syndromes or thalassemia syndromes is lower than for people without these afflictions, but are improving all the time.
If you have trait for either condition, it should not have a measurable impact on your life expectancy.

In brief: Life expectancy
With clinically significant sickle syndromes or thalassemia syndromes is lower than for people without these afflictions, but are improving all the time.
If you have trait for either condition, it should not have a measurable impact on your life expectancy.
Dr. Michael Engel
Dr. Michael Engel
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