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Can a person who has sickle cell trait and "O" Positive blood, donate blood?

Can a person who has sickle cell trait and "O" Positive blood, donate blood?

Sickle cell trait: If you have the trait you can donate blood, but if you have the disease you are not eligible

Dr. Donald Alves
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Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

NO: To simplify- providing that the father has a completely normal blood - (no other type of congenital/hereditary bood disorder-like thalasemia minor, hemoglobin c disease etc) - the baby will have 50% risk to have sickle cell trait-but the baby will not have sickle cell anemia.

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Will a blood transfusion cause the sickle cell trait?

Will a blood transfusion cause the sickle cell trait?

No.: Blood transfusions will not cause sickle trait. Sickle trait is an inherited disease. You will get it from one of your parents.

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Can sickle cell trait affect the white blood cells?

Can sickle cell trait affect the white blood cells?

No.: Sickle cell trait (one copy of beta-globin gene with sickle mutation and one normal copy) will not affect white blood cells. Those with sickle cell disease (two sickle genes) can have chronically elevated white blood cell counts, caused in part by inflammation in the blood vessels.

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Are white blood cells affected by sickle cell trait?

Are white blood cells affected by sickle cell trait?

No, they are not.: In sickle cell trait, only the red blood cells carry an anormality. The white blood cells and platelets are not affected.

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I have sickle cell trait, am I at more of a risk for blood clots or embolism? If so how can I prevent them?

I have sickle cell trait, am I at more of a risk for blood clots or embolism? If so how can I prevent them?

Minor risk: Your greatest danger comes from non-pressurized aircraft and anything else that lowers your oxygen tension substantially. You also need to know that you can't concentrate your urine and retain your sodium as well as other folks, so be careful exercising in the heat. The increased thrombus risk is minimal. Keep your legs active especially on long plane flights.

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How long does blood in urine associated with sickle cell trait last?

See below: Painless gross hematuria occurs with a higher frequency in sickle trait than in sickle cell disease and likely results from infarctive episodes in the renal medulla. Functional tubule abnormalities such as nephrogenic diabetes insipidus result from marked reduction in vasa recta blood flow, combined with ischemic tubule injury.

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I am sickle cell trait and my blood test is showing lupus sle and or sjogrens Who do I see and if I have sickle cell trait I would I need plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

I am sickle cell trait and my blood test is showing lupus sle and or sjogrens Who do I see and if I have sickle cell trait I would I need plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Start with your PCP: And go from there. There are internists who specialize in sickle cell management, and your PCP will be the best person to refer you. Plus, if you start plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) you need to have a good eye doctor too to follow you as well for all of your conditions. So, let your doctor be the gatekeeper to referring you to the best doctors s/he knows, and you will be in good hands!

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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?

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?

Sickle cell trait...: Will not produce the anemia that you describe. You should work with your dr. To identify the cause and to correct it. I hope that you are feeling better after the care you received, and together with your dr you will get to the bottom of it. Good luck to you. Keep us posted.

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Is it safe for a person with sickle cell trait to donate or sell plasma?

Is it safe for a person with sickle cell trait to donate or sell plasma?

Of course: It's always wise to stay well-hydrated if you have sickle-trait.

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If I have sickle cell trait is it possible to now be sickle cell anemia?

Confusing question: SS disease requires the genes for sickle cell from both parents, while S trait has it from one. You cannot change the genetic makeup that you were born with. Someone with trait can have a kid with SS if the partner has trait or SS.

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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.

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If a child has sickle cell anemia, wouldn't both the parents need to have sickle cell trait?

If a child has sickle cell anemia, wouldn't both the parents need to have sickle cell trait?

No: There are varying forms of sickling diseases, however it is a recessive trait and so the parents may appear fine but carry the trait and yet have a child with the disease.

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Could both parents have to have the sickle cell trait for the child to have sickle cell anemia?

Could both parents have to have the sickle cell trait for the child to have sickle cell anemia?

Yes: Sickle cell anemia requires the gene from both parents to cause ss anemia. If only one parent gave the gene, the kid would be a trait carrier.

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Do both parents have to have the sickle cell trait for the child to have sickle cell anemia?

Do both parents have to have the sickle cell trait for the child to have sickle cell anemia?

No: 2 abnormal (sickle cell) gene have to be inherited to have sickle cell disease. This can happen if both patents have sickle cell trait, one parent has sickle cell disease or both have sickle cell disease.

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Ivf ethical for people with sickle cell trait?

Yes: But you should also have your partner tested. If he also has the sickle cell trait, then you can actually have the option to do genetic testing to pick embryos that are not effected with sickle cell disease.

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What is best tests for sickle cell trait now?

Sickle cell trait: Sickle cell trait can be diagnosed by a heel stick at birth or by performing hemoglobin electrophoresis of the blood (a simple blood test).

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