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Sickle cell anemia question. are the blood cells normal unless there's an illness and then they sickle?

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Dr. David Masiello answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

No: In sickle cell anemia, the red cells are always "deformed". Certain things (dehydration, hypoxemia) will further increase the "sickling" causing an increase in symptoms.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Cindy Steele answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: Unfortunately no, even without stress they have an abnormal hemoglobin and quickly develop the deformed shape and also do not live as long as normal red blood cells.

Answered 10/3/2016

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What blood type is administered to those that have sickle cell anemia?

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