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I have thalassemia minor. My question is, if my husband is normal can my child be born normal too?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

If one parent has thalassemia minor, and the other parent has normal hemoglobin (not a carrier of Alpha thal, beta thal, sickle cell, etc.
..), then the children of the two parents will be normal (have normal hemoglobin), or close to normal (have thal minor). Thal minor generally doesn't cause symptoms. In rare cases, a new or additional mutation could occur and make the situation more complicated.

In brief: Yes

If one parent has thalassemia minor, and the other parent has normal hemoglobin (not a carrier of Alpha thal, beta thal, sickle cell, etc.
..), then the children of the two parents will be normal (have normal hemoglobin), or close to normal (have thal minor). Thal minor generally doesn't cause symptoms. In rare cases, a new or additional mutation could occur and make the situation more complicated.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Yes

Don't forget, you are normal too - thal minor has very little effect on an individual's health.
If your husband is negative for thalassemia trait, the children will either be negative, or at worst with thal-minor, in which case the biggest thing to worry about is having kids with another thal-minor person as the children of two thal-minor parents may be quite seriously ill.

In brief: Yes

Don't forget, you are normal too - thal minor has very little effect on an individual's health.
If your husband is negative for thalassemia trait, the children will either be negative, or at worst with thal-minor, in which case the biggest thing to worry about is having kids with another thal-minor person as the children of two thal-minor parents may be quite seriously ill.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Your children will likely be normal, however if your husband is heterozygous for thalassemia (meaning he carries one disease gene and one not) there is a 25% chance your child will be affected and a 50% chance they will be a carrier. Carriers for thalassemia (thalassemia minor) generally are asymptomatic and do not need treatment.

In brief: Yes

Your children will likely be normal, however if your husband is heterozygous for thalassemia (meaning he carries one disease gene and one not) there is a 25% chance your child will be affected and a 50% chance they will be a carrier. Carriers for thalassemia (thalassemia minor) generally are asymptomatic and do not need treatment.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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