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Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


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Can men with sickle cell disease have healthy children?

Can men with sickle cell disease have healthy children?

Yes.: Sickle cell disease must be inherited from both parents. So it depends on the mother of the child. If she has sickle cell - all of your children will have sickle cell. If she has sickle cell trait - there is a 50% chance your children will have sickle cell disease, and a 50% chance of your children having sickle cell trait. If she has no sickle cell - your children will have sickle cell trait. ...Read more

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My husband and I are both carriers of sickle cell anemia. What are our chances of our children exhibiting this disease?

My husband and I are both carriers of sickle cell anemia. What are our chances of our children exhibiting this disease?

25%: If both of you have sickle cell trait then each of you has one normal beta hemoglobin gene (a) and one with the sickle cell mutation (s). Your children will inherit one beta globin gene from each of you for a total of two. Therefore for each child that you have, there is a 25% chance of sickle cell disease (ss), a 50% chance sickle cell trait (as), and 25% chance of normal hemoglobin (aa). ...Read more

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Can people with sickle cell disease have children?

Can people with sickle cell disease have children?

YES: Be sure to let your obstetrician know you have sickle cell so you can be managed correctly. ...Read more

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Will a child with sickle cell disease get sick more often than normal children?

Will a child with sickle cell disease get sick more often than normal children?

Yes, on average: Due to their disease, sickle cell disease children are immune-compromised, and it will be easier for them to get sick. That is why preventive antibiotics, vaccines, and flu-shots are so important for them. Any fever can represent a life-threatening emergency for them, so they must be extra careful to avoid ill people, wash their hands, avoid crowds, etc. ...Read more

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Both carriers of the sickle-cell disease, would you take this risk or decide not to have children?

Both carriers of the sickle-cell disease, would you take this risk or decide not to have children?

Personal choice: People decide on having kids for a variety of important considerations. The risk of sickle cell for 2 parents with trait is a firm 25% for any pregnancy, 50% for passing trait, 25% for normal. Ss disease is chronic, painful & frought with medical issues for a reduced life expectancy. That said, the choice remains personal. Donor sperm from a fertility center could avoid part of the worry. ...Read more

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How many children are born with sickle cell disease each year?

Aproximately 1600: The sickle cell gene is carried without symptoms in 1/12 african americans. The estimated ss birth rate is 1600 according to the georgia comprehensive sickle cell center at emory university in atlanta. ...Read more

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Does anybody know about how much of children or infants die of sickle cell disease before reaching puberty?

Does anybody know about how much of children or infants die of sickle cell disease before reaching puberty?

Small: With the advancement of preventive care, high utilization of hydroxyurea, and aggressive treatment for the complications associated with sickel cell disease, the life expectancy has greatly increased. According to recent reports, the median age at death for individuals with scd was 42 years for men and 48 years for women. ...Read more

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Can hydrea (hydroxyurea) be used to help children with sickle cell disease?

Can hydrea (hydroxyurea) be used to help children with sickle cell disease?

Yes: In the treatment of sickle-cell disease, hydroxycarbamide increases the concentration of fetal hemoglobin. The precise mechanism of action is not yet clearbut it seems to activate of gammaglobin synthesis necessary for fetal hemoglobin. This stops the rapidly growing cells that turn into sickle cells. ...Read more

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Could hydrea (hydroxyurea) possibly help children with sickle cell disease?

Could hydrea (hydroxyurea) possibly help children with sickle cell disease?

Yes: Hydre increases a type of hemoglobin called fetal hemoglobin in sicle cell patients and this prevents the sickle cells from breaking up easily. Hydrea (hydroxyurea) can reduce need for transfusions and patients may have less pain crises, chest sydrome and other complications. ...Read more

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What are the odds of children born with sickle cell disease living to a ripe old age?

What are the odds of children born with sickle cell disease living to a ripe old age?

Good: With comprehensive sickle cell care, including newborn screening for the disease, childhood penicillin prophylaxis and receipt of new conjugated vaccines to decrease early death from infection, and ongoing screening for increased risk of stroke in childhood with resulting intervention to decrease risk of stroke, it is unusual for a child to die of sickle cell disease today. ...Read more

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Is there a developmental delay in children with sickle cell disease?

Is there a developmental delay in children with sickle cell disease?

Possible: In childhood, 25 percent of children with sickle cell anemia have silent ischemic lesions that may impair neurocognitive function. ...Read more

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