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Fact Sheet: Beta Thalassemia Trait

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source: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


What if both parents have beta thalassemia trait?
If both the parents have beta thalassemia trai, there is a 25 percent (1 in 4) chance with each pregnancy of having a child with beta thalassemia disease.

The amount of hemoglobin produced determine whether a person has :
Beta thalassemia intermedia or
Beta thalassemia major disease.

Beta thalassemia major is also called Cooley’s anemia.

Beta thalassemia is a lifelong illness that can cause serious health problems. People with this disease need medical treatment.

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