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Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Not if just 1 trait: Having either beta thalassemia trait or sickle cell trait is a mild condition and should not cause symptoms to the point of making a person frequently ill nor shortening life expectancy. Having beta thalassemia major or sickle cell disease, or both sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia trait, usually causes severe enough chronic disease symptoms to shorten lifespan an uncertain amount. ...Read more

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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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What is the main difference between thalassemia and sickle cell anemia?

What is the main difference between thalassemia and sickle cell anemia?

SICKLE CELL AFFECTS : With sickle cell the spleen can be destroyed by the crisis episodes. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with sickle cell anemia?

What is the life expectancy with sickle cell anemia?

close to normal : Scd is many types , the most severe is the ss-disease . Even among patients with ss disease, there are risin the past it was about 4decades. With the improved care, prevention of serious complications by early diagnosis, blood transfusion, exchange for stroke patients and the use of hydroxy urea, life expectancy is becoming close to normal in many patients with scd who are under good medical care. ...Read more

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What's the life expectancy of someone with sickle cell anemia?

Shortened. : Depends on the complications experienced as a child. Those with numerous complications will love shorter lives than those without complications. Those without complications can live into their 60s the average lifespan of someone with sickle cell is probably in the mid to late 40s we are still trying to understand why some people have so many troubles and others do not. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy of someone with sickle cell anemia be?

Shorter than average: It depends on the type and severity of the sickle cell anemia that you have and all complications related to the sickle cell anemia- i.e.Acute chest syndrome, strokes, avn, mi, etc. The life expectancy is unfortunately shorter than average population- in hb ss sickle cell anemia- on average it's around 40- 50 yrs of age. The more severe and more complications - the shorter the life span would be. ...Read more

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Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count, an elevated white blood cell count, and a reduced hematocrit?

Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count, an elevated white blood cell count, and a reduced hematocrit?

Acute blood trapping: Sickle cell crisis occurs because these patients red cell are not elastic, gets trapped in vessels, in spleen,liver, lungs,leading to loss from circulation, hence low red cells and hematocrit in CBC. Repeated episodes compromise immune functions and patients prone to infections, which could then induce rise in white blood cells to fight infections. BE hydrated, No strenous exercise ArePreventive. ...Read more

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Do hb e/beta thalassemia anemia reduce life expectancy?

Do hb e/beta thalassemia anemia reduce life expectancy?

Not necessarily: Did you look at the website reference i sent? It is quite informative. You will be best served with a visit to a specialist to get all your questions answered. It is clear you are so worried about this, and it would be so much more reassuring to have a face to face visit with someone who can answer all your great questions. ...Read more

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What's the life span of someone with sickle cell anemia?

What's the life span of someone with sickle cell anemia?

Variable : The problem with sickle cell anemia is prognosis varies. Most are living longer because of better infection control, newer medication like hydrea, (hydroxyurea) and improved follow up managment. Some patients can have sickle cell and greater levels of hbf and they tend to do better. Predictors can include sausage digits, stroke, renal failure, anemia level less then 7, leukocytosis. The best answer is it varies. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

Thalassemia is sever anemia,it ...Read more