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Could carriers of sickle cell anemia develop symptoms.?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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undefined 29 years experience
Sickle cell trait: Sickle trait means one copy of hemoglobin carries the mutation for sickle cell disease and the other copy is unaffected. Most people with sickle trait are unaffected by this. For athletes with sickle trait, it is essential to keep well hydrated. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/traits.Html for good recommendations.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

If you are a carrier of sickle cells does it affect you like someone with sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Generally no: A "carrier" inherited the sickle trait from one parent. Sickle cell anemia (ssa), occurs in those who inherit the sickle cell gene from both parents. This is associated with a variety of serious symptoms. The problem with trait is that if your partner also has it you can pass on ssa to a child. Rarely being a carrier causes symptoms but generally much more mild than with ssa.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some of the more subtle symptoms of sickle cell anemia disease?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not much: Sickle cell disease is seldom subtle. Patients have intermittent periods of intense pain, often in bone, they have all manifestations of profound anemia, including diminished exercise tolerance, shortness of air, generalized fatigue, etc. This is a very bad disease with few subtle manifestations.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you develop sickle cell anemia as an adult?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
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 genetic so you had it since birth.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can sickle cell anemia be developed over time?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
No: You are born with it. You cannot develop it. Hope this helps.
A 41-year-old member asked:

At what age can I test to see if I am a carrier for sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 56 years experience
Late teens: Carrier testing should only be done in persons who can give intelligent informed consent. Young children should not be tested. Older teens who can give meaningful consent may be tested.

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