Which statement from a client would indicate that they understood what the nurse taught them regarding the following case?
A female client with the beta-thalassemia trait plans to marry a man of Italian ancestry who also has the trait.
An educated patient should know the risk of passing the disease on to their children. They should know that it is not treatable and hence they should see a genetic counselor before planning to extend the family. When two people with thalassemia minor have a child, there is a 25% chance that the child may have the major form of the disease which is inevitably fatal.
Iron supplements cannot be used to treat thalassemia as it is not its deficiency that is causing the disease. Instead it is the genetic makeup of the hemoglobin that is actually causing the problem.
This is what an educated patient should think/say:
I'll see a genetic counselor before starting a family.Two people with the beta-thalassemia trait have a 25% chance of having a child with thalassemia major, a potentially life-threatening disease. Iron supplements aren't used to treat thalassemia; in fact, they could contribute to iron overload. vitamin b12 injections are used to treat pernicious anemia, not thalassemia. thalassemia occurs primarily in people of italian, greek, african, asian, middle eastern, east indian, and caribbean descent.