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Would it be safe to donate blood, if I have beta thalassemia?
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Dr. Hasan Noubani
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The patient with beta thalassemia is anemic and he himself receives blood.

In brief: No
The patient with beta thalassemia is anemic and he himself receives blood.
Dr. Hasan Noubani
Dr. Hasan Noubani
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe, if just trait
A person with beta thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic.
If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more difficult time making hemoglobin (to make new red blood cells), he may not wish to be a blood donor. A person with beta thalassemia major cannot donate blood (he needs to receive blood transfusions to live).

In brief: Maybe, if just trait
A person with beta thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic.
If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more difficult time making hemoglobin (to make new red blood cells), he may not wish to be a blood donor. A person with beta thalassemia major cannot donate blood (he needs to receive blood transfusions to live).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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