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Dr. Daniel Rosenblum Dr. Rosenblum
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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8 yr old boy diagnosed with fanconi anemia, at present he has regular blood tests and blood counts are slightly low, could he live a long normal life?

8 yr old boy diagnosed with fanconi anemia, at present he has regular blood tests and blood counts are slightly low, could he live a long normal life?

It is possible.: Fanconia anemia is a cluster of diseases related to 15 different genes. Anemia, bone marrow failure, an increased risk of cancer, and physical abnormalities are seen, but vary between affected children. Survival to 40-50 is often possible with modern management. With better management of the bone marrow failure (transplant) and cancer risks, it could be as long or longer for this 8 year old.

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Dr. Le Wang Dr. Wang
Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
Nanjing Medical College
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My childs been diagnosed with Fanconi anemia, am do confused what's the prognosis any information would be great?

My childs been diagnosed with Fanconi anemia, am do confused what's the prognosis any information would be great?

FA: FA is a genetic disorder, autosomal recessive, characterized by progressive bone marrow failure (low blood count), skeletal abnormalities, and increased risk of leukemia and other cancers. It involves in the defect in DNA repair. Supportive and androgen may improve blood count. Stem cell transplantation may provide a cure. See FA specialist.

Dr. Anne Phelan-adams Dr. Phelan-adams
Family Medicine
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9 year old, fanconi anemia, RE +1.75/-0.50 x 180 LE +2.25/-0.75 x 30. No obvious cause of low VA'S what could this be? Low conc unable to do fields

9 year old, fanconi anemia, RE +1.75/-0.50 x 180 LE +2.25/-0.75 x 30. No obvious cause of low VA'S what could this be? Low conc unable to do fields

Are you an eye care: ...professional asking for a "curbside consult? " Unfortunately this Q & A format severely restricts the amount of info that can be conveyed. While Fanconi's is thought of as a hematologic condition, the primary defect is in the ability to repair DNA. Thus, its consequences can be far-reaching. Might I suggest u reach out to the patient's hematologist & an ophthalmologist about this?

Dr. James Ball Dr. Ball
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
15 years in practice
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
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What is fanconi anemia?

What is fanconi anemia?

Low blood production: Fa is an inherited disorder of blood cell production. It usually develops slowly over years. The blood counts are abnormal, and this be treated with medications or bone marrow transplant. These patients will also have a tendency to develop certain cancers. Fa patients can be short and have skeletal abnormalities, commonly abnormal thumbs.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What can you tell me about fanconi anemia?

Very serious: This is a family of autosomal recessive genetic disorders involving defective DNA repair. The diagnosis can only be made by a subspecialty genetics lab, and a majority eventually develop leukemia; there is also a much greater tendency to develop other solid organ cancers.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Could fanconi anemia can be treated in ceragem?

Could fanconi anemia can be treated in ceragem?

Don't expect help: "Ceragem" is a supposedly magic bed that gives thermal massage. It's bad enough to have a very serious illness like Fanconi's anemia. It's also bad that people will take advantage of your desperation by trying to sell you something that might make you more comfortable but won't touch this illness. Be discerning and don't reward people who may have given you veiled misinformation.

Dr. James Ball Dr. Ball
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
15 years in practice
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
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Is fanconi anemia an autosomal or sex-linked illness?

Is fanconi anemia an autosomal or sex-linked illness?

Mostly autosomal: There are several genes involved in fanconi anemia. Any disruption of one of these genes can result in fanconi anemia. Most of the genes are not on the sex chromosomes (autosomal). Both genes must be abnormal to result in the anemia (autosomal recessive)". Rare disruption I the gene on thex chromosome can result in disease that is x-linked.

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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Can a baby inherit fanconi anemia or is it a new mutation?

Can a baby inherit fanconi anemia or is it a new mutation?

Inherited: Fanconi anemia (fa) is the most common form of inherited aplastic anemia. It is an autosomal recessive or x-linked disorder that occurs in all races and ethnic groups. Multiple genes appear to be responsible for fa and are widely dispersed throughout the genome, including the x chromosome. Several of these genes are tumor suppressor genes.

Dr. Maria Dumalaog Dr. Dumalaog
Pediatrics
25 years in practice
University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
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Child newly diagnosed with fanconi anemia not on medication as yet but has green stools, should I be worried?

Child newly diagnosed with fanconi anemia not on medication as yet but has green stools, should I be worried?

Previous meals: Look at your child's previous meals, it might just be that. Usually your bgger concern would be black streaks or red streaks in the stool. Green colored poop could be anything they drank or ate even a lollipop can do that

Dr. Neigatha Graney Dr. Graney
Pediatrics
33 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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8 yr old with fanconi anemia, can he still go to school? Play with friends like normal? Only symptoms are slightly low blood counts, am scared for him

8 yr old with fanconi anemia, can he still go to school? Play with friends like normal? Only symptoms are slightly low blood counts, am scared for him

Normal Activity OK: 8 y.o., Fanconi Anemia (FA), a genetic disorder of DNA repair; causes anemia thru bone marrow failure; many have malformations of foream, kidneys, & more however 25% lack physical anomalies. Degree of anemia dictates treatment. With "slightly low blood cts", your son can be allowed to do the normal things that 8 yr olds do but needs regular checks of blood & bone marrow by his Hematology Specialist

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Dr. Que Chu Dr. Chu
General Practice
42 years in practice
University of Saigon Faculty of Medicine
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My son has Fanconi anemia, bloods are only slightly low. He fell on the back of his head onto concrete no swelling or concussion just little red dots?

My son has Fanconi anemia, bloods are only slightly low. He fell on the back of his head onto concrete no swelling or concussion just little red dots?

Fanconi anemia: A child with Faconi anemia has lower than normal, WBC, RBC and platelets (Cells that help the blood clot). A fall on the back of his head onto concrete could cause problem of intracranial bleeding but if the child has been OK (no vomiting, no lethargy, no weakness) for fist 48 hours then probably he is going to be OK. Fanconi anemia patient may have more risk of bleeding. Consult hematologist

Dr. Philip Ewing Dr. Ewing
Pediatrics
15 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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My 8 year old has been diagnosed with fanconi anemia and his left lymph node in left hand side of neck is swollen should I be worried?

My 8 year old has been diagnosed with fanconi anemia and his left lymph node in left hand side of neck is swollen should I be worried?

Likely benign: The lymph node is most likely benign, however it is very important that you discuss it with your treating Haematologist since your child has Fanconi's anemia. At a minimum, it needs to be followed with repeat exams and you may need to have labs done.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Does the WBC count increase in aplastic anemia or fanconi anemia? Does the bone marrow produce enough to cause increase by 1000/ ml of blood?

Does the WBC count increase in aplastic anemia or fanconi anemia? Does the bone marrow produce enough to cause increase by 1000/ ml of blood?

Lower WBC count: Aplastic anemia and to some extent fanconi anemia are associated with low WBC counts as well as low counts of red cells and platelets. Neither is expected to cause a rise in WBC counts.

Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Hassan Yaish Dr. Yaish
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
53 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. James Ball Dr. Ball
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
15 years in practice
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
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What's the life expectancy of someone with sickle cell anemia?

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.

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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What would the life expectancy of someone with sickle cell anemia be?

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.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Scott Diede Dr. Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
25 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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What are the treatment of fanconianeamia?

What are the treatment of fanconianeamia?

Fanconi Anemia (FA): The only long-term cure is bone marrow transplantation, and fa patients especially can have life-threatening complications from this procedure. Other treatments are supportive care, possibly involving androgens, gcsf and transfusions. Fa patients are also at increased risk for certain cancers and thus should be closely monitored by a peds hem/onc md who specializes in fa.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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23 yr old male, Diamond Blackfan Anemia, refractory to steroids, regular blood transfusions every 2 wks, oral iron chelation therapy. Life expectancy?

23 yr old male, Diamond Blackfan Anemia, refractory to steroids, regular blood transfusions every 2 wks, oral iron chelation therapy. Life expectancy?

Expect a full life: Thos illness is manageable. Be grateful. Plan for a life of normal length, seeking meaning and love like everyone else. No one has guarantees but you owe it to yourself to become fully informed about your illness and I think you will discover that the odds are very much in your favor.