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Hemoglobin E trait is caused by a genetic defect that is passed down from one or both of your parents.If you inherited the defect from just one of your parents, you likely won't have any symptoms. But, you are a carrier of the disease. That means you run the risk of having children with more serious illnesses related to hemoglobin E.
If you inherited the defect from both parents, it can cause complications, such as:
Many people have no symptoms. Those with more severe hemoglobin E related disorders may have mild thalassemia, or anemia-like symptoms. But, even these are rare. When they do occur, they may include:
Hemoglobin E trait is most often found during routine newborn screenings. The specific test is known as a mean corpuscular volume test and is part of the complete blood count test. The testing might also include elements such as hemoglobin electrophoresis or iron studies. A genetic test of the HBB gene may also be done.
If you are a known carrier of hemoglobin E trait, testing is urged before you have children. If your partner is also a carrier, you risk having a child with hemoglobin E or related diseases.
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