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Does thalassemia always come from parents?

My 36 year old daughter has has alpha thalassemia but my wife does not. Does this mean with me being the father that I am the carrier and should I be tested. I am 58 yrs old.
Asked On : Sun, 13 Feb 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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Yes, It is possible you and your wife are carriers as well. Both of you need to consult a Genetic counsellor and he/she will determine the risk of your other potential children from having this disease.
Answered: Sat, 10 Sep 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Jitender Chauhan's  Response
Hello, welcome to Healthcaremagic. Thalassemia is an autosomal recessive disease and for your child to be affected it is necessary that both parents are either carriers or have the disease. You must get yourself evaluated along with your wife for hemoglobin electrophoresis. Wish you good health.
Answered: Sat, 10 Sep 2011
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Welcome to Health Care Magic,
Thalassemia is inherited down through families.It is possible that you might be the carrier and your daughter may be a Thalassemia minor which is present with no symptoms.You can get tested.
Answered: Mon, 8 Aug 2011
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