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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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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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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?

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

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