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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 ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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Can sickle cell trait cause health issues? What kind?

Sickle trait: Sickle trait means one copy of hemoglobin carries the mutation for sickle cell disease and the other copy is unaffected. Most people with sickle trait are unaffected by this. For athletes with sickle trait, it is essential to keep well hydrated.

See http://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/traits. Html for good recommendations. ...Read more

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What are some safe workouts for someone with sickle cell trait?

Patient see his MD: Sickle cell trait usually does not cause any problems, but rarely, people die suddenly while undergoing very strenuous exercise that causes severe dehydration, such as during military or athletic training.

Patient should be evaluated by his physician initially and in follow up to make sure patient does not have significant side effects. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hospitalized from having the sickle cell trait?

Is it possible to get hospitalized from having the sickle cell trait?

Yes.: Pain crisis and even worse complications can occur in people with sickle cell trait. It is more likely to occur when dehydrated and when experiencing altitude changes. I have seen this be a problem when someone with sickle cell trait comes from sea level to the mountains for vacation. Important to stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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What can you do for yourself if you think you may have have sickle cell trait?

Find out: You should talk with your health care provider to see if you are at risk of having sickle cell trait. If you have a family history of sickle cell disease or trait, your provider may send a hemoglobin electrophoresis to see. It is important that people with sickle cell trait maintain adequate hydration at all time and especially in situations involving high humidity/ temperature/ physical exertion. ...Read more

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Can infants with sickle cell trait have painful epsidoes?

Yes.: This is called dactyl iris. Usually occurs in infants about 6-12 months of age. Call your doctor, as many of these episodes will need treatment to make the pain better. ...Read more

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Can you have both the thalassemia trait and sickle cell trait?

Can you have both the thalassemia trait and sickle cell trait?

Yes and no: If you have the sickle cell mutation on one beta hemoglobin gene and a thalassemia mutation on the second gene, then you have sickle cell beta thalassemia - this is not a trait but a disease. The severity of the disease is dependent upon the size/ location of the thalassemia mutation. ...Read more

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Can I get cancer if I have sickle cell trait?

Can I get cancer if I have sickle cell trait?

Yes: You're not at any increased risk, but keep an eye on your body like everybody else should. ...Read more

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How do they do the test for sickle cell trait?

Heelstick in nursery: Hemoglobin screening is part of the 'state screen' done on all hospital-born newborns prior to discharge from the nursery. It generally takes about 2 weeks to get the results back and are sent to the baby's doctor of record. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hemoglobin AC a sickle cell trait?

No: Hgb AC is a heterozygous genetic state that is not sickle cell trait (Hgb AS). Patient's with Hgb AC are clinically well with at worst mild asymptomatic anemia (most are not anemic). Individuals with Hgb AC can have children with Hgb SC (a type of severe sickle cell hemoglobinopathy) if their partner has either sickle cell trait (25% chance) or sickle cell disease (50% chance) ...Read more

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Can you get the sickle cell trait from just one parent?

YES: By definition, a trait comes from only one parent, in that one has inherited a single copy of the defective hemoglobin gene hemoglobin s. If one inheirits the gene from both parents, then one has sickle cell disease, not sickle trait. ...Read more

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Does sickle cell trait have symptoms if you have a bad flu?

Does sickle cell trait have symptoms if you have a bad flu?

Not other than flu: Sickle cell trait does not cause usual symptoms associated with sickle cell disease (homozygous sickle cell, hemglobin s-hemoglobin c disease, and sickle cell/beta thalassemia). However, sickle cell trait patients may experieince bloody urine, and at a high altitude (like in colorado), vaso-occulisve crisis may occur. This may also occur under extreme heat and stress. ...Read more

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How long does bladder pain associated with sickle cell trait last?

Variable: Urinary tract infections are more common in individuals with sickle cell syndromes. These are caused by the "usual" organisms seen in the general population. Asymptomatic urinary tract infections may be a precipitating event for a pain crisis. Pyelonephritis may precipitate life threatening complications in sickle cell patients. ...Read more

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How do you known which parent give the child the sickle cell trait?

How do you known which parent give the child the sickle cell trait?

You test both to see: This is a simple test, a hemoglobin electrophoresis. If a kid has trait, at least one or possibly both parents may have it. It would be quite rare for the kid to have a new mutation and neither parent have it. ...Read more

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If I have sickle cell trait how much water in a day and night should I drink?

No more than normal: Let your thirst guide you to drink liquids as needed. There is no benefit from drinking extra water/ fluids ...Read more

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I'm 54 years old and I have sickle cell trait how much water should I drink a day?

Sickle cell trait: Normally people do not have health problems related to Sickle cell trait, but under certain stressful conditions, they may have some problems such as
dehydration, low oxygen – caused by strenuous exercise and high altitudes – causing a lack of oxygen.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day and eat healthy food. ...Read more

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Can a child have sickle cell trait if neither parent has it but the paternal grandfather does?

No: Both parents may need a repeat hemoglobin electrophoresis as it is likely that one of the biological parents have at least a sickle cell trait which is usually asymptomatic ...Read more

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My daughter has sickle cell trait., and she's a very picky eater. She does not eat well. Could this make her ill?

My daughter has sickle cell trait., and she's a very picky eater. She does not eat well. Could this make her ill?

Possibly: Poor nutrition can, over time lead to poor immunity & more illness. Try motivating the kid with simple rewards. During a stress free discussion find out what things the kid values...TV time, trip to park. Collectables...and use these wishes as a reward program for consuming approved foods. Food intake is a control thing for some kids, and a choice allows an alternative to refusal as a win for them ...Read more

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I don't have the sickle cell trait but the father of my baby does, so what's the worst that could happen to my baby?

I don't have the sickle cell trait but the father of my baby does, so what's the worst that could happen to my baby?

Trait ++: If we assume that neither you of babies dad has any other gene problems, baby has 50% chance of getting trait. Baby also has the 4% chance every baby has for having some unexpected issue at delivery, including prematurity, illness, need for ICU care, birth injury, etc. ...Read more

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Hello, I want to know if there is a defferances in the level of hemoglobin s in the people who has sickle cell trait,,, ?

Yes: There are variations in the expression of Hb S gene and the depending on additional factors the percentage of Hb S in a person with the trait may vary from about 20-70%. The additional factor generally is beta thalassemia trait in the cis or trans position to the Hb S gene. ...Read more

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If one parent has the sickle cell trait and the other is normal, is it possible that their child can get the sickle disease?

No: Both parents need to pass the genes, so if only one of you have the sickle trait (only 1 gene for sickle) then the baby will not have sickle cell disease. He can get the trait and be able to pass it on to his/her children. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Sickle Cell Carrier (Definition)

Sickle cell carrier has gen for disease so if get married with some body with the same gene they will have children ...Read more


Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

A group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become ...Read more