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Doctor insights on: Genetic Counseling For Sickle Cell Anemia

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Can you please tell me genetics of sickle cell anemia?

Can you please tell me genetics of sickle cell anemia?

Inherited disease.: Sickle cell disease is genetic and is present at birth. It is inherited when a child receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent. This disease is more common in blacks (people of african heritage). Sickle cell trait occurs when one sickle cell gene (“s”) is inherited from one parent and one normal gene (“a”) from the other. Those with trait are "carriers" and are often asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Is sickle cell anemia purely a genetic disorder?

Is sickle cell anemia purely a genetic disorder?

I Don't Think So: I'm guessing a bit as to what you mean by your question. Sickle cell anemia is caused by a gene mutation on both copies of the beta globin gene. In that sense it is a genetic disease. However, a number of other factors, some of them environmental, can influence the type and severity of problems that patients with ssa have. ...Read more

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Can the basic genetic defect of sickle cell anemia be treated?

Yes: A bone marrow transplant can replace the cells responsible for creating sickle cells with cells that produce normal hemoglobin. This is a very difficult and dangerous procedure that can lead to significant complications and death. This is why it is not routinely used to treat sickle cell anemia. Research is ongoing in attempts to have people with sickle cell anemia make normal blood cells. ...Read more

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What type of genetic disorder is sickle cell anemia or trait?

What type of genetic disorder is sickle cell anemia or trait?

Hemoglobinopathy: Patients with sickle cell anemia make an abnormal hemoglobin (hgb.). Normal HGB consists of paired protein chains (globin) and an iron containing part (heme). Patients with ssa inherit an abnormal beta-globin gene from each parent. Carriers have one normal beta-globin gene and one sickle beta globin gene. The carriers (trait) have no symptoms. ...Read more

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Sickle cell anemia:is this birth defect only due to genetics?

Sickle cell anemia:is this birth defect only due to genetics?

Yes: It is a defect present from birth, yes. Would i call it a birth defect, no. It is a genetically derived abnormality in the metabolism of hemoglobin that results in sickling of the red cells under some circumstances. As a metabolic disease, it is inherited in a similar fashion to pku or cystic fibrosis. The term birth defect is more appropriate for a kid with malformation of an organ or body part. ...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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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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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


Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more