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Information on types of Thalassemia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hello Doctor , I wanted to know about Talassemia
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Thalassemia is a genetic disease of blood.
Doctor :   It has 2 variants
Doctor :   alpha and beta
User :   is a Trait Talassemia ( a life threating )
Doctor :   No,
Doctor :   traits are not life threatening
Doctor :   They might cause some clinical symptoms but the general prognosis is good
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   It depends upon the type, there are two, alpha and beta
User :   ok
Doctor :   In alpha there are 4 levels of involvement
Doctor :   in beta there are 2
User :   ok
Doctor :   in alpha 2 are mild and 2 are life threatening
Doctor :   in beta one is life threatening
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hb electrophoresis decides the type
Doctor :   Some bone abnormalities may be seen on Xray
User :   ah ok
Doctor :   In trait, genertic counselling
Doctor :   and overall care is all that is sufficient
Doctor :   especially when the patient is about to get married
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