Alpha Thalassemia - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of alpha thalassemia?

In people with the characteristic features of alpha thalassemia, a reduction in the amount of normal hemoglobin prevents enough oxygen from reaching the body's tissues. Affected individuals also have a shortage of red blood cells (anemia), which can cause pale skin, weakness, fatigue, and more serious complications.

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Comment from: shell, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I am an African and never new anything about thalassemia, until I came here and got pregnant. i was told to go on for a special test for my kid each time I fall pregnant which I did. Thanks to God my first two boys is thalassemia free and my third born (a girl) is also beta thalassemia just like me. My little baby girl is only six month now, we did the test and is still waiting for the result hopefully she won't be a carrier too. I am doing very great by the Grace of God.

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Comment from: Greg, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I have been tired all of my life and have always been told I was out of shape. My family has a history of being anemic and since childhood and I have always taken iron just like most of my family. I did a search of "blood disorders that affect blacks" I came across alpha thalassemia and asked my medical team about being tested and the results were positive for alpha thalassemia trait/minor. The iron was immediately stopped and the congestive heart failure (CHF) has gotten better. I have always gotten blood transfusions over the years. My family also has sickle cell. My hemoglobin is checked now so that I can get transfusions when needed. I also have been cautioned about not getting enough blood to bring my levels up to normal ranges because that might be fatal. I am 57 years old and a gene from both chromosomes are missing and I don"t produce enough blood. My daughter has been anemic for most of her life and now my granddaughter is having the same problem at 5 years old. I"m still learning since my diagnosis was only 3 months ago.

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