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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
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
Can you grow into sickle cell anemia? If you have the trait can you have it wen your younger but it doesn't show until it gets older?
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
Yes in a mild: Case, but would be more typical in sickle trait than disease. ...Read more
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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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
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
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
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 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 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
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
Is it possible for children whose parents have sickle cell anemia to not get it? What are the odds?
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
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
I have sickle cell anemia and everyday iam constantly in pain and feel tired. I have been taking hydrea (hydroxyurea) but is there anything else I could do?
My sympatrhy: Unfortunately no other treatments are yet available. ...Read more
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