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is sickle cell anemia purely a genetic disorder?

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
39 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
I Don't Think So: I'm guessing a bit as to what you mean by your question. Sickle cell anemia is caused by a gene mutation on both copies of the beta globin gene. In that sense it is a genetic disease. However, a number of other factors, some of them environmental, can influence the type and severity of problems that patients with ssa have.
Answered on Nov 8, 2015
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