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How common is it for somebody to get thalassemia?
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
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In brief: Trait is more common
The thalassemia trait is a fairly common finding in certain ethnic groups (those of mediterranean, african, and some asian descents).
The trait is generally a mild condition the contributes to a mild form of anemia that generally does not cause any problems. If both genes are affected, a child will have thalassemia which causes a much more significant type of anemia. That condition is more rare.

In brief: Trait is more common
The thalassemia trait is a fairly common finding in certain ethnic groups (those of mediterranean, african, and some asian descents).
The trait is generally a mild condition the contributes to a mild form of anemia that generally does not cause any problems. If both genes are affected, a child will have thalassemia which causes a much more significant type of anemia. That condition is more rare.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Helena Bentley
Pediatrics
In brief: Thalassemia
It is not very common, but is seen more in certain ethnic groups.

In brief: Thalassemia
It is not very common, but is seen more in certain ethnic groups.
Dr. Helena Bentley
Dr. Helena Bentley
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