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Thalassemia and Athletes
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Thalassemia and Athletes

I just read an article about Sickle Cell trait and the life threatening effects of athletic overexertion. (Washington Post, 8/4/2009).  Are there similar concerns with the thalassemia trait?
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To the best of our understanding, these life-threatening risks are most likely due to the sickling nature characteristic of sickle cell anemia. However, anyone who is a carrier of a thalassemia should speak with their physician regarding appropriate exercise/exertion levels.
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