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What are sickle cells and why are they important

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Sickle cell disease: You can google it for more details. The wikipedia entry is pretty accurate, although pretty technical. Sickle cells are a shape of red blood cells ... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Why tested for sickl: There are carriers of sickle cell disease which is called sa or sickle cell trait.For a child to have sickle cell disease he/she has to have sickle ce... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Keep it in mind.: Sickle trait can become an issue when you visit high altitudes or when dehydrated. Symptoms can include abdominal pain from a swelling of the spleen,... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Sickle cell pain: The vaso-occlusive crisis is caused by sickle-shaped red blood cells that obstruct capillaries and restrict blood flow to an organ, resulting in ische... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hereditary: Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary condition where some of the red blood cells become sickle shaped and rigid, and can't get through the smallest capi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Who will have it bad: The trend currently is trying to find out why some people have very little problems and others can be so troubled by this disease. In some, the disea... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Reduced O2 capacity: Sickle cells do not carry oxygen the way they are supposed to. This results in less oxygen carryign capacity, and the cells will deform. As they defor... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Pain crisis=painful: Sickle cell anemia itself is not painful . However sickle cell anemia can be complicated with crisis episode either in a form of sickle cell pain cris... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Sickle cell anemia is due to a genetic mutation in the dna that encodes for the hemoglobin molecule. Thus, it is hereditary.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Blood test: Every newborn baby undergoes "newborn screening" test before they are released from hospital. Most of abnormal hemoglobins, e.g. Hemoglobin s in sick... Read More

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