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Can white males have sickle cell disease? And if so would their RBC count be low?

Can white males have sickle cell disease? And if so would their RBC count be low?

Rarely, yes: Sickle cell disease is most common in blacks of sub-saharan west african ancestry. However, other ethnic groups can more rarely have the disease and they would much more likely have the "trait" rather than the "disease, " meaning they are only a carrier would have few, if any symptoms. Please see the answer by sg erman, md for statistics. ...Read more

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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

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


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If I have sickle cell disease; a slightly enlarged liver and a dangerously high iron count what are my options of getting back to normal sickle cell c?

If I have sickle cell disease; a slightly enlarged liver and a dangerously high iron count what are my options of getting back to normal sickle cell c?

Chelation: If you have iron overload, then you need to remove iron from your body. One approach is removal of blood (phlebotomy); however most sickle cell patients are too anemic for this approach. The other approach is to chelate with drugs, either Exjade orally or Desferal subcutaneously. ...Read more

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How high would my white blood cell count have to be to have leukemia?

How high would my white blood cell count have to be to have leukemia?

Any number: We diagnose leukemia with white blood cell counts that are low, normal and high. Usually the other blood counts are also affected (low hemoglobin, low platelets). ...Read more

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Was tested for sickle cell and the trait. I do not have either one. But I have high hemoglobin s & low a. What other than sickle cell can cause this?

Was tested for sickle cell and the trait. I do not have either one. But I have high hemoglobin s & low a. What other than sickle cell can cause this?

Sickle beta thal: If you have high HGB s and low HGB a, then you have sickle beta-plus thalassemia ( if you have HGB a1), or sickle beta-zero thalassemia. ( if you have HGB a2 not HGB a1). These are both forms of sickle cell disease not trait. Beta zero is just as severe as homozygous sickle cell anemia (hgb ss); beta plus is milder in terms of symptoms. ...Read more

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How high would my white blood cell count have to be to be leukemia?

How high would my white blood cell count have to be to be leukemia?

Not high at all: Leukemia is a word that means "white blood". Originally leukemia was recognized when the white blood count was very high. However, as we develop a better understanding, we know that leukemia can be associated with a very low, normal, or high white blood cell count. What is important is the process going on in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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Red blood cell count. 4.26. Hemoglobin 12.6. Hematocrit 37.0%. Would these being a bit low have any afect of your body. If so what symptoms?

Red blood cell count. 4.26. Hemoglobin 12.6. Hematocrit 37.0%. Would these being a bit low have any afect of your body. If so what symptoms?

Some fatigue, etc.,,: If there is any effect on the body, it would likely be some fatigue or lethargy, and some paleness. Since your levels are on the borderline, your symptoms, if any, would be very slight. If you increase your iron intake, especially in the form of lean red meats, there should be no problem, but you can also see your doctor to be sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you have arthritis and still have your white and red blood cell count be normal?

Can you have arthritis and still have your white and red blood cell count be normal?

Yes you can: Arthritis typically does not alter the blood counts unless it is severe inflammatory type like rheumatoid arthritis which commonly causes anemia. ...Read more

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Sickle cell anemia question. Are the blood cells normal unless there's an illness and then they sickle?

Sickle cell anemia question.  Are the blood cells normal unless there's an illness and then they sickle?

No: In sickle cell anemia, the red cells are always "deformed". Certain things (dehydration, hypoxemia) will further increase the "sickling" causing an increase in symptoms. ...Read more

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If you have mono would your white blood cell count be high?

If you have mono would your white blood cell count be high?

Mono: Typically yes. This is epstein bar virus infection. There are other symptoms like lymph node swelling, fatigue, spleen enlargement etc. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What might cause someone to have low hemoglobin and low white blood cell count?

What might cause someone to have low hemoglobin and low white blood cell count?

Possibilities...: Viral infection causing bone marrow suppression. Once the body fights off the virus, the bone marrow recovers and the anemia and leukopenia resolve. More serious causes can include aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, leukemia, or other cancers that spread to the bone marrow. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a normal hemoglobin but low MCH and mchb and platelet count of 482 to be considered microcytic anemia?

Is it possible to have a normal hemoglobin but low MCH and mchb and platelet count of 482 to be considered microcytic anemia?

Yes: A low mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (mchc), even in the absence of a low mean corpuscular volume (MCV) or low rbc count can be a sign of a evolving microcytic anemia. Microcytosis can be caused by iron deficiency (check ferritin level) or thallesemia (check hemoglobin electrophoresis). Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What it the probability that a couple's child will be afflicted with sickle cell anemia if they both carry that trait but don't exhibit it?

What it the probability that a couple's child will be afflicted with sickle cell anemia if they both carry that trait but don't exhibit it?

25% chance: If both parents have trait, then the child has a 25% chance of having sickle cell disease, a 50% chance of having trait, and a 25% chance of not inheriting any mutation. ...Read more

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I recently had a CBC with differential. Can your t-cells be low if your wbc, rbc, platelets, and all lymphocytes were normal? Wouldn't these be lower?

I recently had a CBC with differential. Can your t-cells be low if your wbc, rbc, platelets, and all lymphocytes were normal? Wouldn't these be lower?

Not necessarily: It would be useful to have the actual counts. A normal WBC count at the low end may still be accompanied by low t cells. All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your white blood cell count to fluxuate if you have multiple myloma (cancer of the bone marrow)?

Multiple Myeloma: Hi, White blood cell is low in Multiple Myeloma, now the count even in a normal person can vary from time to time but now the question is how wide of Fluctuation we are talking about and also are you on chemo medication? If you are on chemotherapy then that could drops your white blood cell count significantly, you need to work with your Oncologist closely to monitor your count. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with leukemia at age 26? And can CBC WBC come back normal, with low-normal hemoglobin and still have leukemia?

Can you be diagnosed with leukemia at age 26? And can CBC WBC come back normal, with low-normal hemoglobin and still have leukemia?

Yes and no: You can be diagnosed with leukemia at any age but you would not have a normal CBC and WBC. A slightly low hemaglobin is not a symptom of leukemia. It is more often due to inadequate iron intake in women because we loose blood every month with our periods. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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