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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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Dr. James Ball
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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 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?

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?

No, but...: You won't grow into it, but even sickle cell trait patients may experience a crisis under certain conditions. I suggest talking to a hematologist. ...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?

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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