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What is sickle cell anemia?

What is sickle cell anemia?

Hereditary: Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary condition where some of the red blood cells become sickle shaped and rigid, and can't get through the smallest capillaries. Blocked circulation causes extreme pain in joints, abdomen, or chest. ...Read more

Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

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Is sickle cell anemia painful?

Is sickle cell anemia painful?

Pain crisis=painful: Sickle cell anemia itself is not painful. However sickle cell anemia can be complicated with crisis episode either in a form of sickle cell pain crisis (this is painful), or other episode such as acute chest syndrome, stroke etc. ...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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How common is sickle cell anemia?

How common is sickle cell anemia?

Pretty common.: 1 in every 500 african-americans, and 1 in every 900 hispanic americans. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia hereditary?

Is sickle cell anemia hereditary?

Yes.: It is an autosomal recessive disorder, meaning that both parents must be carriers of the mutation. If they are, the chance of each child being affected is 1 in 4. ...Read more

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Why is sickle cell anemia painful?

Why is sickle cell anemia painful?

Poor circulation: In sickle cell disease red cell stick together and block circulation to extremity and other organ so it cause pain crisis. ...Read more

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How is sickle cell anemia detected?

Blood test: Every newborn baby undergoes "newborn screening" test before they are released from hospital. Most of abnormal hemoglobins, e.g. Hemoglobin s in sickle cell disease, are detected. ...Read more

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How dangerous is sickle cell anemia?

More info needed: Patients with sickle cell anemia have greater tendency for severe anemia and infection. Usually children have more difficulties. Sometimes frequent transfusion is needed to assist in crises, or to suppress sickle hemoglobin and decrease sickling issues which can be very painful. Hydroxyurea is used to help symptoms and to increase fetal hemoglobin, vaccinations, and antibiotics help. See MD. ...Read more

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What is the trend in sickle cell anemia?

Who will have it bad: The trend currently is trying to find out why some people have very little problems and others can be so troubled by this disease. In some, the disease will cause strokes, lung problems, leg ulcers etc. If we knew early on who would have it bad, maybe treatments could be given earlier to prevent these problems. But not everyone has it bad, so it is hard to know. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia a severe condition?

Depends: It depends on the type of sickle cell disease a patient has, and how many attacks they get in a year and how severe those attacks are. ...Read more

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What to tell me about sickle cell anemia?

What to tell me about sickle cell anemia?

See below: Sickle cell anemia occurs when 2 abnormal hemoglobin genes are present and a person's body produces sickle cell hemoglobin exclusively. 1 sickle cell gene and a normal gene produce sickle trait, which has no symptoms. Other abnormal hemoglobin genes can combine with a sickle cell gene and produce other types of anemia. There are several other genetic hemoglobin abnormalities. ...Read more

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What are the tests for sickle cell anemia?

What are the tests for sickle cell anemia?

Hb electrophoresis: CBC and hemoglobin electrophoresis have to be done -at least- to make a diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

Anemia, pain, crises: The most frequent presenting signs/symptoms of sickle cell include anemia and typical sickle cell crises which include pain crises (severe pain in arms, legs, shoulders, back), acute chest crisis (shortness of breath, cough, fever, lung infiltrate), dactylitis (pain toes/fingers usually as a toddler) and others.
Most patients that have sickle cell trait are completely asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What are the effects of sickle cell anemia?

Many.: Basically, sickle cell disease causes disturbance of the blood vessels, typically smaller vessels. Over time, this can cause many problems. Painful episodes, eye problems, lung problems (similar to pneumonia), strokes, decreased spleen function (which can cause severe infections), kidney problems, and o ther problems. Sickle cell disease is not the same in all people. Some have milder symptoms. ...Read more

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What kind of disorder is sickle cell anemia?

What kind of disorder is sickle cell anemia?

Genetic: With ss disease a genetic mutation changes the gene sequencing needed for normal hemoglobin production. The alteration changes the way the hemoglobin handles the oxygen molecule as it carries it in the blood. The blood cell then becomes distorted in the small capillaries and the spleen. The cell breaks down rapidly and or remains trapped.Anemia is a chronic problem. ...Read more

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What is the 'reverse' of sickle cell anemia?

What is the 'reverse' of sickle cell anemia?

None: Sicle cell anemia is an inherent disorder of the red blood cell. The reverse woould be normal blood cells. ...Read more

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What makes sickle cell anemia so significant?

Chronic disease: Sickle cell disease is so significant in that it is a chronic disease that affects almost every organ. Like diabetes, the effects of sickle cell, crises, and transfusions can permanently affect the heart, the kidneys, the liver, the lungs, and the brain. ...Read more

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Can sickle cell anemia be developed over time?

No: Sickle cell disease occurs when you inherit sickle genes from both parents. The parents are usually unaffected because they have at least one normal gene that does the work for two. When you have 2 defective genes, the work is not done and you have sickle cell disease. You don't catch it like a germ or develop it as a reaction to something. ...Read more

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What is being done to cure sickle cell anemia?

No cure: There is no cure for sickle cell anemia but you can have treatment for pain crisis, anemia off and on as needed. ...Read more

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How is living with sickle cell anemia/disease?

Depends on the sever: It all depends on what kinds of sickle cell anemia you have and how severe it is. For instance someone with sickle cell trait may have no problems whatsoever. ...Read more

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What cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

What cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

Symptoms of SS: The altered shape of the red blood cells causes them to stack up together and clog blood vessels, depriving the tissues of adequate blood supply and oxygen. The tissues then die (infarct) and this causes pain. The red cells also rupture or are eaten by the spleen and cause anemia. The spleen itself will gradually infarct, leaving the patient susceptible to infections. ...Read more

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Can sickle-cell anemia be detected from a test?

Can sickle-cell anemia be detected from a test?

Yes: Certain blood work - i.e. Cbc, and a hemoglobin electrophoresis, - would need to be done to establish a diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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Can you develop sickle cell anemia as an adult?

Can you develop sickle cell anemia as an adult?

Yes: You may not manifest sickle cell anemia until later in life. However, you don't develop or acquire sickle cell anemia at some point in life. It is genetic so you had it since birth. ...Read more

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Please tell me the cause of sickle cell anemia?

Gene defect: Years ago a mutation in a gene (set of instructions) used to form hemoglobin appeared. A single gene of a pair conferred some resistance to malaria, a germ that invades red cells. With a normal gene paired with the defect, they were able to live normally. If 2 defective genes appear in a person, their red cells are stiff & breakdown quickly (anemia) & are unable to get easily through capillaries. ...Read more

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What is it like living with sickle cell anemia?

What is it like living with sickle cell anemia?

Anemia: Patient with sickle cell anemia have anemia and pain crisis, and get more infection. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

Pain.: When red cells sickle, they become rigid and block the flow of blood. If this happens in muscle or bone, the result is pain. In the lung it's pain and shortness of breath. In the brain, it can cause a stroke. Any organ can be effected. A painful crisis happens when blood flow is interrupted. They are episodic and unpredictable. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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