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Characteristics Of Anemia
Yes: With ss disease a genetic mutation changes the gene sequencing needed for normal hemoglobin production.The alteration changes the way the hemoglobin handles the oxygen molecule as it carries it in the blood.The blood cell then becomes distorted in the small capillaries and the spleen.The cell breaks down rapidly and or remains trapped.Anemia is a chronic problem. ...Read more
Genetics: Sickle cell disease is a condition caused by inheriting two copies (one from each parent) of a mutated beta-hemoglobin gene. Sickle cell disease does help lessen the symptoms of certain diseases like malaria, and this is why certain ethnic groups that lived at one time in malaria-prone regions of the world (such as africa) have a higher incidence of carrying the sickle cell gene. ...Read more
28yr old daughter had MRI for numbness & fatigue results non specific what does that mean? She also has severe anemia cause unknown, will see neuro.
Not clear: No clear evidence for the causal-effect relationship between the two. PA is an autoimmue-mediated destruction of parietal cells in stomach, resuling in impairmnent of B12 absorption. Certainly it is possible that pernicious anemia may co-exist or exacerbate duodenitis via immune process or loss of balance in duodenal fluid, or anemia. But the causal-effect relationship is not well established. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a specific blood test to diagnose pernicious anemia? I have a family history. My doctor told me I have borderline B12 deficiency.
Pernicious anemia: Yes your doctor can run a battery of tests including a cbc, peripheral blood smear, a serum b 12 level, and a reticulocyte count. These usually will help to diagnose the condition. Sometimes methylmalonic acid and homocysteine levels will be drawn to help with the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure what u mean: A bruise is just a subcutaneous collection of blood that has escaped the confines of the vascular space. It's appearance changes with local metabolism of hemoglobin. If you are referring to bruising in general, people with low platelet counts or deficiencies/dysfunction in some humoral clotting factors (eg., vwf, fibrinogen, etc.) are sensitive to bruising/bleeding from even minor trauma. ...Read more
Low blood count: Anemia is a low red blood cell count, it can caused by low iron levels or from loss of blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. If you are anemic you have less of this oxygen-carrying capability and symptoms include fatigue, racing heart and dizziness. It is usually treated with iron supplements. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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