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Do people always die young if they have sickle cell anemia?

Do people always die young if they have sickle cell anemia?

Sickle cell disease: There have only been a couple of studies examining life expectancy in patients with sickle cell disease. One study I know of found a median age at death of 42 for men and 48 for women with sickle cell disease. However, there are many variables impacting prognosis and survival from one patient to the next. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia; enlarged liver and a high iron count can I die from this?

I have sickle cell anemia; enlarged liver and a high iron count can I die from this?

Possibly: Iron overload from prior transfusions can lead to liver damage that ultimately could cause death. I recommend asking you physician about iron removal medications. ...Read more

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Can I have sickle cell anemia?

Can I have sickle cell anemia?

Anyone can...: It would be unlikely that would could reach the age of 46 and not be diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. If you are truly concerned, testing is very easy. ...Read more

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Do those who have sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

Do those who have sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

Possibly: Other indications would include a recent splenic sequestration crisis (occurs in childhood), or in a patient receiving chronic transfusions for complications of sickle cell disease whose transfusion requirement increases due to collection and destruction of blood cells in an abnormally enlarged spleen. The latter is rare in sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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If you have sickle cell anemia, what are the chances you'll pass it on to your children?

If you have sickle cell anemia, what are the chances you'll pass it on to your children?

Depends: If your partner does not carry the gene, all your babies would be carriers. If your partner is a carrier, the risk is 50% with any pregnancy. ...Read more

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Do I need a operation if I have sickle cell anemia?

Do I need a operation if I have sickle cell anemia?

Surgery: For sickle cell anemia, you don't need surgery unless a complication of sickle cell affecting your gall bladder or some kind of osteomyelitis requiring surgery. ...Read more

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I have Sickle Cell Anemia what would you prescribe for pain management?

I have Sickle Cell Anemia what would you prescribe for pain management?

Depends: There is neuropathic vs. Nociceptive vs. Musculoskeleto pain. Need to know your symptoms, can be any of these with sickle cell ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia trait can that affect me?

I have sickle cell anemia trait can that affect me?

Usually not: Sickle cell trait is a hemoglobin genotype as and is generally regarded as a benign condition. However, individuals with sickle cell trait may have rare complications that mimic sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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How is it possible for a baby to have sickle-cell anemia and leukemia?

It is possible: It is not common- but unfortunately it can happen. Sickle cell anemia does not protect somebody to have leukemia and vise versa. ...Read more

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What are options for people that want to have a baby but have sickle cell anemia?

What are options for people that want to have a baby but have sickle cell anemia?

Lots of consults: First, they should consult with their treatment team, since pregnancy could be very difficult and medications taken may be dangerous for baby. A surrogate to carry the child might be the best option. That would require a fertility center & some legal work. They ca start with their regular doc, but it would require a team to get it done. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and I have been having a lot of pain attacks what should I do?

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F/u with your MD: You need to have a regular f/u with your hematologist and follow the recommendation. Need to make sure you hydrate yourself well. Avoid getting dehydration, and getting infection. Personal hygiene is important too. Be compliant with your hydrea-if you are supposed to take it. Some people need regular blood transfusion some people dont. D/w your hematologist things you should do to prevent crisis. ...Read more

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What blood type is administered to those that have sickle cell anemia?

What blood type is administered to those that have sickle cell anemia?

Type-specific: Type specific blood is given. In those patients who require blood transfusions very frequently, the providers often will expand the blood typing to include a number of addition blood typing systems. We call this an expanded phenotyping of blood. ...Read more

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Is premedication needed for dental cleanings if you have sickle cell anemia?

Is premedication needed for dental cleanings if you have sickle cell anemia?

Not usually: If you have sickle cell disease and no other problems, and are getting a routine dental cleaning, you probably don't need anything special. You should check with your hematologist to be certain. ...Read more

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What is the blood type given to those who have sickle cell anemia?

What is the blood type given to those who have sickle cell anemia?

Same rules...: If a person with sickle cell disease requires a transfusion, the rules governing which blood types are safe are the same as for the general population. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and I'm getting B12 and magnesium but both are still dropping, why is this?

I have sickle cell anemia and I'm getting B12 and magnesium but both are still dropping, why is this?

Unrelated: Folic acid supplement is generally recommended for individuals with sickle cell disease. Need for extra vitamin B12 and magnesium signify the presence of other problem other than sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and hair will fall out then grow back. Is this a common symptom, and if it is, what can I do to stop it?

I have sickle cell anemia and hair will fall out then grow back. Is this a common symptom, and if it is, what can I do to stop it?

Not usually: Some medications used in sickle cell anemia, like Exjade for iron overload chelation, and Hydroxyurea used to minimize painful crises can cause hair loss. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia, and I'm currently in the hospital been here for a week, I'm getting fluids and oxygen but my retic count is going up, ?

I have sickle cell anemia, and I'm currently in the hospital been here for a week, I'm getting fluids and oxygen but my retic count is going up, ?

That's what you want: It is much better that your reticulocyte count is going up than if it was going down. It may indicate that your red blood cells (RBCs) are being hemolyzed/destroyed faster than usual, but this often happens during an illness in patients with sickle cell disease. If your reticulocyte count was going down, that would indicate your body isn't making new RBCs, and that would be bad. Get better soon ...Read more

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Can someons parents have sickle cell anemia and then they don't get the trait nor the anemia?

Another possibility: One sickle cell syndrome is a combination of sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia. The symptoms are most like sickle cell disease. If this person had children, they could pass on the beta thalassemia and not the sickle cell. Otherwise, people sickle cell disease will have children with either trait or 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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I have sickle cell anemia. Are there any precautions I should take before dental work?

Not usually: It is important to let your dentist know, but most procedures don't have a major impact for sickle cell. Procedures that involve more bleeding would be of greater concern, things like extractions, dental implants, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for children whose parents have sickle cell anemia to not get it? What are the odds?

Depends on situation: If both really have sickle cell anemia, the kids they have together will all have sickle cell. If you mean they both carry a trait, they can have normal, trait or sickle cell kids. ...Read more

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Do one or both parents have to have sickle cell anemia in order for this trait to pass on to their children?

Do one or both parents have to have sickle cell anemia in order for this trait to pass on to their children?

No.: The parents could both be carriers of the sickle cell mutation on one of their two beta globin genes. Their other gene could be normal. This condition is called sickle cell trait. These people are usually asymptomatic with normal red cell indices. The child could have two copies of the mutant beta globin gene, one from each parent. Their is a 25% chance of this. For more details, consult your dr. ...Read more

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Hello, I have sickle cell anemia, my hematologist recomended me to do splenectomy does it help to reduce pain crisis?

Puzzling: Most sickle cell patients have auto splenectomy. If you have scd then that is usual. Seek additional input ...Read more

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My boyfriend & I have sickle cell anemia, our son will also inherit the disease. Should we wait until umbilical cord stops pulsating before clamping?

Doesn't matter: Sickle cell disease will affect his blood cells over time as they sickle with dehydration and illness, or as they live a shorter duration in the body. Generally there aren't any symptoms at birth, and nothing having to do with the cord will make a difference. In actuality, his fetal hemoglobin will be more protective from sickle cell, and treatments now focus on keeping fetal hemoglobin around. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia. Can I still get a lip piercing?

Yes: Unless someone with sickle cell anemia has had recurrent or serious infections, a lip piercing should be ok. A doctor should be consulted to make certain. ...Read more

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