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What you are talking about is thalassemia, a blood condition that can range from pretty benign to serious, depending on the genetics of your condition (major vs. minor). Most have thalassemia minor and are not really affected by it at all except their blood count can be a little off.
There are two major groups, again depending on the genetics inherited - alpha and beta, with minor and major forms of each, major being more severe, while minor being less serious. I would not be too concerned at this point as it is a very common inherited trait that usually only causes the blood count, not the child's health, to be slightly affected.
Please let me know when you find out more and in the meantime here is a link to Mayo Clinic's website about this:
The test results (genetic) will differentiate the conditions but the blood count you gave me had a normal red cell count and I assume a normal hemoglobin so I would guess it is likely the minor variant and most likely alpha, not beta.
The cell size (MCV) is a little on the low side so that is likely what they noticed.
The RBC count of 5.08 is well within the normal range of 4.7-6.1 for boys.
Kids with thalassemia major are always anemic and require blood transfusions so he would have to be a minor variant if he has it at all.
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Right and therefore not likely thalassemia major, and probably it at all just a carrier or minor variant.
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