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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

Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

This is a genetic disorder in which hemoglobin is abnormally made., more common in people of african descent. This abnormality causes red blood cells to become stiff and fall apart. This can cause very specific symptoms: pain, pneumonias, strokes, spleen problems, and many other problems. Some have mild disease, some ...Read more


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If you have sickle cell anemia, what are the chances you'll pass it on to your children?

If you have sickle cell anemia, what are the chances you'll pass it on to your children?

Depends: If your partner does not carry the gene, all your babies would be carriers. If your partner is a carrier, the risk is 50% with any pregnancy. ...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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What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia in school children?

What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia in school children?

Not much: Sickle cell disease is seldom subtle. Patients have intermittent periods of intense pain, often in bone, they have all manifestations of profound anemia, including diminished exercise tolerance, shortness of air, generalized fatigue, etc. This is a very bad disease with few subtle manifestations. ...Read more

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Is it possible for children whose parents have sickle cell anemia to not get it? What are the odds?

Is it possible for children whose parents have sickle cell anemia to not get it? What are the odds?

Depends on situation: If both really have sickle cell anemia, the kids they have together will all have sickle cell. If you mean they both carry a trait, they can have normal, trait or sickle cell kids. ...Read more

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Do one or both parents have to have sickle cell anemia in order for this trait to pass on to their children?

Do one or both parents have to have sickle cell anemia in order for this trait to pass on to their children?

No.: The parents could both be carriers of the sickle cell mutation on one of their two beta globin genes. Their other gene could be normal. This condition is called sickle cell trait. These people are usually asymptomatic with normal red cell indices. The child could have two copies of the mutant beta globin gene, one from each parent. Their is a 25% chance of this. For more details, consult your dr. ...Read more

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If me and boyfriend both have sickle cell trait, how will we prevent our children from having full sickle cell anemia?

If me and boyfriend both have sickle cell trait, how will we prevent our children from having full sickle cell anemia?

Nothing: Unfortunately, there would be 25% chance for your child to have sickle cell disease and 50% chance for sickle cell trait . With our technology now, nothing can alter the risk. Sorry to say , the only thing for somebody with sickle cell trait to completely prevent any possibility of having a biological child with sickle cell disease is by having a child with somebody with normal hb. ...Read more

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What are the precautions for dental cleanings-prophylaxis without deep subgingival scaling of children with sickle cell anemia? 

What are the precautions for dental cleanings-prophylaxis without deep subgingival scaling of children with sickle cell anemia? 

No extra precautions: Routine dental cleanings (prophylaxis) for children with sickle cell anemia are not different than dental prophylaxis for normal children. Because children are not sedated, the risk of decreased oxygenation is not there. For "operative" dental procedures such as tooth extractions and root canals, prophylactic antibiotics can be considered. ...Read more

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