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how dangerous is sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 48 years experience
More info needed: Patients with sickle cell anemia have greater tendency for severe anemia and infection. Usually children have more difficulties. Sometimes frequent transfusion is needed to assist in crises, or to suppress sickle hemoglobin and decrease sickling issues which can be very painful. Hydroxyurea is used to help symptoms and to increase fetal hemoglobin, vaccinations, and antibiotics help. See MD.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Are there other tests to determine sickle cell anemia risk if my husband is away serving in the military?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: The first step is testing you for sickle cell carrier status. If not a carrier then no further testing needs to be done. If you are a carrier then the next step is check the father of the baby. If he is unavailable you could have his parents tested. If neither are a carrier then the father can not be a carrier either. If they are carriers then the fathers chances are 50% he is also.
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How can a patient as well as their family and friends be helped with coping with sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Indu Lal
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Education: Education and genetic counseling helps to deal with the condition.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are cyanate and thiocyanate? Can they be used to treat sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Ask ur Hematologist: Dietary cyanate, from foods containing cyanide derivatives, has been used as a treatment for sickle- cell anemia. In the laboratory, cyanate and thiocyanate irreversibly inhibit sickling of red blood cells drawn from sickle cell anemia patients. However, the cyanate would have to be administered to the patient for a lifetime, as each new red blood cell created must be prevented from sickling.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the different types of sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Types os SIckle Cell: From nih, division of blood diseases and resources: sickle cell disease-ss: 65% of us patients; genotype s/s sickle cell disease-sc: 25% of us patients; genotype s/c sickle cell disease-s beta + thalassemia: 8% of us patients; genotype betas/ beta + thalassemia sickle cell disease-s beta 0 thalassemia: 2% of us patients; genotype betas/ beta 0 thalassemia.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Why do I have problems when I swim in extreme hot/cold temperatures with sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Lynn Keefe
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sickle cell anemia: Extremes of temperature and physical exertion tasks both the circulation of blood and the individual hemoglobin molecule. So when you are exercising in the heat or cold you are demanding more of the sickled red blood cell as well as your heart to deliver oxygen to your muscles and this is why it is problematic.

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