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Thalassemia minor - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
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User :   I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT BETA-THALASSAEMIA MINOR/TRAIT
Doctor :   Ok
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Sure Proceed
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Who is having that condition
User :   SIR MY WIFE IS PREGNANT AND WE HAVE CONDUCTED TEST HAEMOGLOBIN CHROMATOGRAPHY TEST AND IN THE REPORT IT WAS FOUND
Doctor :   Ok, I will explain you

Doctor :   If you are wife is having that thalassemia minor
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it is a genetic trait which she is carrying without being affected by it
User :   that we are not aware
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It is in a form which is not that bad, that it will manifest
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they will be as normal as anyone
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and that is the reason you have not noticed it
User :   what will be the effect of this for the child
Doctor :   Yes, that is important

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Do you have thalassemia trait
User :   i am not aware
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You need to get yourself tested for that
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Hemoglobin electrophoresis
User :   ok if i do that what i will come to know
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if you have the trait
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then it will have to be evaluated
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but it is a rare thing
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You need not worry
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if only your wife is carrying that trait, then it is not a problem at all
Doctor :   as there is no chance of the baby getting affected

User :   can u just explain to me in detail sir when we suggested our doctor she said that there is a possibility that any one might have the problem
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Ok
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Tell me what is the pregnancy duration of your wife?
User :   seven weeks and 5 days
Doctor :   Ok

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What was the test done?
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meaning for which sample
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Was it your wife's blood sample?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok

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That means that she is having the trait
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and not you
Doctor :   or was the sample take from the uterus?
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meaning the fetal part
User :   the report which was taken is haemoglobin chromatography and the suggestive interepretaion was beta- thalassaemia minor/trait and the recommeded is family screening.
Doctor :   Ok

User :   as per the doctor statement it is foetus having the trait
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Ok
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then one of you might be having it
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that is why the doctor has said that
Doctor :   Now the child only has the trait and the complete problem

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It will be as healthy as you or your wife who has it are
User :   so the child will not face any problem
Doctor :   No

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What was the opinion from your doctor on this?
User :   she suggested it will be our liberal decision to go for it or not to go for it
Doctor :   Meaning to continue the pregnancy?

User :   she has left it on our part to decide
Doctor :   Ok

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I would suggest you to continue
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there is no problem if it is thalassemia minor
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as per my knowledge
User :   she said that as such child will not face any problem but the childs offspring may face the problem of thalasemia major so we got confused
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I dont know why your gynecologist said that
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Ok
Doctor :   There is no need to panic on that

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No issues with the child
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and for his/her offspring again a test will be done
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and decided henceforth
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by which time medical science would have advanced to many folds
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and who knows what could be done at that time?
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with the gene therapy coming in
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one can actually change the genetic disorders
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which is promised to be a one shot for all(atleast most of) the disorders
User :   my wife was too upset on hearing from gynecologist but your words are healing
Doctor :   It is a fact

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and can be tested with another gynecologist
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Absolutely no issues as per my knowledge
User :   i will consult another gynecologist and go ahead
Doctor :   Fine

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No problem, and no need to abort it now
User :   ok sir, tku may i know whom i am chating with sir
Doctor :  
Dr.Bharath here
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
Doctor :   Are you there Ganesh?
User :   yes sir
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   yes sir
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Yes proceed with it
User :   my wife had problem of overweight during first delivery and there was high bp whether it has any impact on the second sibling
Doctor :   Not on the second sibling

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But the BP should be actively monitored
Doctor :   that will do

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and no other issues
User :   what will be the remedy to reduce bp
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From your side, what you can do is to purchase a electronic BP apparatus
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and measure it everyday
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I do not want to advise serious salt restriction
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as it will have an effect on the pregnancy as well
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Does that solve your query?
User :   yes sir we will consult another gynecologist and get in touch with you sir thanks a lot
Doctor :   Sure

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