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Beta Thalassemia

Beta thalassemia is a blood disorder where there is abnormal hemoglobin production. It is caused due to mutation in the hemoglobin beta gene. There are three types of beta-thalassemia. They are beta thalassemia minor, beta thalassemia intermedia, and beta thalassemia major. Depending on the type of beta-thalassemia, the symptoms can be minor or severe. The signs and symptoms are shortness of breath, pale skin, tiredness, increased heart rate, and yellowish discoloration of eyes and skin. Taking regular blood transfusions along with medications helps to manage it.

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What are the dietary recommendations for a breastfeeding mother?

Query: Hi doctor, I am writing to seek your professional advice regarding dietary considerations for individuals with Beta Thalassemia Traits, specifically in the context of a breastfeeding mother and her 3-month-old baby who has also been diagnosed with the condition. In light of our diagnoses, I have a...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Based on the information provided, here is my professional opinion: Low hemoglobin levels can have various causes. If your partner has beta thalassemia trait like you, it is possible that her blood transfusion requirements may be minimal or ...  Read Full »

I have been diagnosed with thalassaemia minor along with diabetes, and I have been told to avoid blood donation. What else should I refrain from doing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been told that I have a thalassemia minor and I know that I cannot donate blood. I am also a diabetic. Is there anything else I should not do? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern.You are having thalassemia and diabetes, hence you cannot donate blood. As in endocrine disorders like diabetes, the donor is permanently deferred. You have to take care of the maintenance of blood sugar and Hb (hemoglobi...  Read Full »

My husband has beta thalassemia trait. Is my baby safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I have done a pre-marital test with a prospective groom and he has beta thalassemia trait and I am not a carrier. Is it safe for pregnancy and child? His hemoglobin count is 13.1 and HbA2 is 5. How safe is this for child's health?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Following is my opinion for your asked question. If you are not having beta thalassemia minor then no need to worry. Your future child can have thalassemia minor. But no need to worry for trait of thalassemia minor. Thalassemia major is the dangerous one in which lif...  Read Full »

I have beta thalassemia trait. Please suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I have beta thalassemia plus trait (AT+) and want to marry a man with sickle trait (AS). Please see the attached file of my beta thalassemia DNA genetics. Please give me the possibilities of our baby. I know there is a 25 % chance that the baby might have sickle beta plus thalassemia (ST+...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Thalassemia and sickle cell anemia are autosomal recessive disorders. In your case, the child can be thalassemia sickle cell carrier (heterozygous). The presentation will be mild to mode...  Read Full »

Does the relationship DNA test get affected by beta-thalassemia minor?

Query: Hi doctor, I am beta thalassemia minor. If I go for a relationship DNA test with my son, will the DNA report be false due to this?  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: No, a relationship DNA test will not be affected. It is autosomal related. He may or may not be a carrier. A DNA test will look at multiple patterns. If you want, you can go for a DNA test. Being affected by thalassemia...  Read Full »

Is my friend's beta thalassemia screening test seem normal?

Query: Hello doctor,My cousin of 30 years old got tested for beta thalassemia screening test. He got the result as hemoglobin A2 is 2.8 %, hemoglobin F is 0.2 %, and hemoglobin C, D, and S are not detected. Is this normal or has any complications?Please guide.  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: The beta-thalassemia screening test appears to be normal. HbA2 levels (hemoglobin A2) are normally between 2 to 3.3% and HbF levels (fetal hemoglobin) are 0.1 to 1.2% for this age. Both are normal. The other hemoglobin typ...  Read Full »

I am 6 months pregnant with beta thalassemia. Can you help?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I am 6 months pregnant. My hemoglobin level is 8.3 g/dL and I have heterozygous state of beta thalassemia. My doctor has advised for blood transfusion. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The beta thalassemia carrier state, which results from heterozygosity for beta thalassemia, is clinically asymptomatic and is defined by specific hematological features. Considering that you are 6 months pregnant and your hemoglobin is 8.3 g/dL indicates moderate anaem...  Read Full »

Is beta thalassemia trait a serious case?

Query: Hello doctor, Is beta thalassemia trait a serious case? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are elated to have you on board at icliniq. Let me explain to you about the beta thalassemia trait. It is good that you are aware of using online health portals. Beta thalassemia trait is a heterozygous condition, and the patient can live a normal life. If nutrition...  Read Full »

I am a carrier of HbE beta-thalassemia. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I found out that I am a carrier of HbE beta-thalassemia. The problem is that my fiance is also a carrier and he is carrying the HbE trait. We do not want to separate. If you can give us your valuable advice, then it will be a great pleasure for us.  Read Full »

Dr. Veerendra Channabasappa Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the information you provided, it seems that you have HbE beta thalassemia trait and your fiance has only Hb E trait. If so, then the chance of having a child with severe thalassemia is less. But, if you both have the same Hb E beta thalassemia trait, then there is...  Read Full »

Kindly guide me based on the blood electrophoresis report.

Query: Hello doctor, My younger brother's blood electrophoresis report is HbA 61.5, HbS 34.5, and HbF 3.6. So kindly tell me the condition of the patient and precautions to be taken.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is suggestive of sickle cell plus beta thalassemia combination case. It can be sickle cell trait as well. For further confirmation, a molecular study can be done. As it is a homozygous condition, t...  Read Full »

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