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Might it happen that a caucasian develop sickle cell anemia after a blood transfusion from an afrimight it happen that amerimight it happen that donor?

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
No: You inherit sickle cell anemia from your parents, you can't "catch it" from a blood transfusion. By the way, sickle cell anemia is not confined to african-americans; it is found in many individuals from the middle east and other regions around the mediterranean sea.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No: First, only 7% of african americans are carriers of the sickle mutation, and being heterozygous does not lead to clinically significant sickling. Pts with hgbss disease (ie., sickle cell anemia) do not serve as blood donors.

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