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can you develop sickle cell anemia as an adult

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: You may not manifest sickle cell anemia until later in life. However, you don't develop or acquire sickle cell anemia at some point in life. It is g ... Read More
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
30 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Sickle Cell Anemia: Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disorder. You are either born with sickle cell anemia genes or not. Symptoms usually appear in childhood but cert ... Read More

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
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50 years experience Pediatrics
Hereditary: Sickle cell disease is often diagnosed in newborn period through newborn screening.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
50 years experience Pediatrics
Inherited: Sickle cell anemia is hereditary. But it comes in several varieties depending what was inherited from parents. S-s is severe & usually diagnosed in i ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
34 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Epigenetics and drug: We know that sickle cell patients that have increased Hemoglobin F typically have less sickle cell complications. This is the basis for using Hydroxyu ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
39 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No: You inherit sickle cell anemia from your parents, you can't "catch it" from a blood transfusion. By the way, sickle cell anemia is not confined to afr ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fareeha Siddiqui
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends: It depends on the type of sickle cell disease a patient has, and how many attacks they get in a year and how severe those attacks are.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes: Certain blood work - i.e. Cbc, and a hemoglobin electrophoresis, - would need to be done to establish a diagnosis of sickle cell anemia.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Benjamin
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
In 400 words?: This sounds like homework. This is simple mendelian genetics, the old 1:2:1 ratio of outcomes if two carriers mate. So if two sickle carriers mate, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Muaiad Kittaneh
20 years experience Addiction Medicine
In general: 50% of patients with sickle cell anemia survive beyond the 5th decade. Early mortality is high among patients whose disease is symptomatic. A high lev ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
39 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No: 1. All "black guys" don't have sickle cell anemia. 2. Sickle cell anemia is not contagious, it is caused by mutation in a gene that is not transfer ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kate Tulenko
Specializes in Pediatrics
Joy, stress, meaning: How wonderful! recent developments have allowed people with sickle cell to live longer, more full, and less painful lives.However, they still have to ... Read More
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