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Had recent trouble with severe anemia. red blood cell count went down to a six. i ended up in the hospital getting transfused with three units of blood. does sickle cell trait effect anemia?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Look elsewhere: Sickle trait would not account for a hemoglobin of 6. There's another cause.
Dr. Scott Diede
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No: Sickle cell trait alone (without another hemoglobinopathy like a thalassemia) will not cause you to be anemic. Hopefully the reason you became so anemic is being closely examined so that you can possibly treat the underlying cause. I hope you feel better soon.

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