Alpha Thalassemia Silent Carrier
Also known as: silent alpha thalassemia carrier.
What is alpha thalassemia silent carrier?
Thalassemia is a medical condition in which the body makes less hemoglobin than usual. It causes anemia. There are four genes that contribute to the making of hemoglobin. Problems with these genes can cause alpha thalassemia, but when only one of the four genes is affected the individual has no symptoms and is known as an alpha thalassemia silent carrier.
What causes alpha thalassemia silent carrier?
Alpha thalassemia is a genetic disease, and the abnormal genes are passed along from parents to their children. A person become an alpha thalassemia silent carrier when they receive one of the genes from a parent.
What are the symptoms of alpha thalassemia silent carrier?
People who are alpha thalassemia silent carriers do not have the symptoms related to alpha thalassemia, such as anemia.
What are alpha thalassemia silent carrier care options?
No treatment is necessary for an individual who is an alpha thalassemia silent carrier.
Reviewed by: Athena Pefkarou, MD
This page was last updated on: 10/29/2018 10:21:19 AM
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Doctors in South Florida are performing a life-saving procedure for children born with a rare genetic condition: thalassemia.
Dr. Jorge Galvez Silva is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist with the Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. For more information, please visit nicklauschildrens.org/cancer