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How is hemoglobin s taken care of in a child?

How is hemoglobin s taken care of in a child?

See below: If they only have one copy of HGB s, then they only have sickle cell trait, which does not need any treatment. If they have two copies, then they have sickle cell. This can result in recurrent pain crisis'. The child will need to have pneumococcal vaccines, which is recommended for all children now, and prophylactic antibiotics. And care by a hematologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hemoglobin s and hemoglobin a?

What is the difference between hemoglobin s and hemoglobin a?

Normal and Abnormal: Hemoglobin consists of two pairs of polypeptides chains. It exists inside the red blood cells ANS is important for oxygen transport. Hemoglobin a is one of the normal hemoglobins and has alpha2/beta2 chains. Hemoglobin s is a mutant hemoglobin responsible for sickle cell trait and disease. Hemoglobin s is poorly soluble when deoxygenated given the red cell the sickle shape. ...Read more

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Was tested for sickle cell and the trait. I do not have either one. But I have high hemoglobin s & low a. What other than sickle cell can cause this?

Was tested for sickle cell and the trait. I do not have either one. But I have high hemoglobin s & low a. What other than sickle cell can cause this?

Sickle beta thal: If you have high HGB s and low HGB a, then you have sickle beta-plus thalassemia ( if you have HGB a1), or sickle beta-zero thalassemia. ( if you have HGB a2 not HGB a1). These are both forms of sickle cell disease not trait. Beta zero is just as severe as homozygous sickle cell anemia (hgb ss); beta plus is milder in terms of symptoms. ...Read more

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Hello, i want to know if there is a defferances in the level of hemoglobin s in the people who has sickle cell trait ,,, ?

Hello, i want to know if there is a defferances in the level of hemoglobin s in the people who has sickle cell trait ,,, ?

Yes: There are variations in the expression of Hb S gene and the depending on additional factors the percentage of Hb S in a person with the trait may vary from about 20-70%. The additional factor generally is beta thalassemia trait in the cis or trans position to the Hb S gene. ...Read more

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Is it common for women in their 20's and 30's to have low hemoglobin levels?

Is it common for women in their 20's and 30's to have low hemoglobin levels?

Yes: It is quite common for young women to have anemia especially if you dont eat right and if you have heavy menses. Having said that, there are many other things that can cause anemia. Please see your doctor and have your doctor evaluate you further for the cause of your anemia and direct the treatment based on the cause. ...Read more

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My hemoglobin has always been in the low 12 s. It now fell into the 11s. Should I be concerned? I am a 45 year old female.

My hemoglobin has always been in the low 12 s.  It now fell into the 11s. Should I be concerned?  I am a 45 year old female.

Anemia: Anemia is a broad term for low hemoglobin caused by many different things. Common things are common as we say. For a woman who is still having her menses, it's not unusual to be mildly anemic. Make sure your diet has enough iron. If you or your doctor doesn't suspect iron deficiency, then it will require workup for other things. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is hemoglobin sc?

Two variants: Hemoglobin sc is present in people who have two variants of the beta chain of hemoglobin. One gene has sickle cell variant and the other gene has hemoglobin c variant. There disease is more sever than hb s trait, but less severe than hb s disease. ...Read more

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What color is hemoglobin?

What color is hemoglobin?

Red: Hemoglobin is the iron-containing material in our red blood cells, and is red in color. ...Read more

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How to measure hemoglobin?

How to measure hemoglobin?

Hemoglobin: Several methods exist for measuring haemoglobin, most of which are done by automated machines. Within the machine, the red blood cells are broken down to get Hb into a solution. The free Hb is exposed to a chemical containing cyanide which binds tightly to Hb molecule to form cyanomethehemoglobine .By shining a light through the solution and measuring how much light is absorbed =amount of Hb ...Read more

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My hemoglobin is 9 is that low?

My  hemoglobin is 9 is that low?

Yes: Your pattern of blood counts is important. Is this a new finding? Do you have blood in stools or urine or nosebleeds? Have you been on any medications that may have caused your blood counts to fall or have you had any yellowness in your eyes? Are you dizzy or lightheaded? Please see your doctor and establish what is going on or go to an Emergency Room and have them verify your blood count. ...Read more

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Is 11.3 considered low hemoglobin?

Is 11.3 considered low hemoglobin?

Age dependent: Usually a hemoglobin of <12 is too low to donate blood -- so would be considered low. However, it is usually balanced with the hematocrit and also based on other findings. However, i would consider this to be too low for a 40 year old woman. ...Read more

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What are normal hemoglobin levels?

What are normal hemoglobin levels?

12-15, 13-16: It varies based on the lab but a rough estimate for adults with no medical conditions is 12-15 g/dl for women and 13-16 g/dl for men. Medical conditions will change what are acceptable hemoglobin levels. Furthermore, a women having a hemoglobin of 11 doesn't mean she's anemic and needs a blood transfusion - there are many other factors to consider. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of hemoglobin?

What is the purpose of hemoglobin?

Oxygen: Hemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and removes carbon dioxide from the tissues and brings it to the lungs to be exhaled. ...Read more

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What happens if you have low hemoglobin?

What happens if you have low hemoglobin?

How low and why?: It depends on the level of hemoglobin and the cause of anemia. Hemoglobin levels to about 7 gm% do not cause symptoms if the level falls slowly. Lower than that may cause weakness and shortness of breath. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anemia/ds00321. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin is 6.1 & t.L.C. Is 4500, what to do?

Hemoglobin is 6.1 & t.L.C. Is 4500, what to do?

Get a workup: You are seriously sick and need to get with a competent physician in your own community if you value your life. If you do not have access to health care, phone the nearest medical school now -- at these places, there's likely to be a clinic for those who may be like you. ...Read more

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For men if hemoglobin is 5.4 wat is d causes for it?

For men if hemoglobin is 5.4 wat is d causes for it?

Severe Anemia: 51 y/o male asks For men if hemoglobin is 5.4 what are the causes for it. That is Severe Anemia Normal hemoglobin range for men usually 12.1 to 15.9. So one is losing blood from somewhere in the body &/or not making enough blood somehow. This is a significant issue which should be brought to the Urgent attention of ones PCP, Gastroenterologist and/or Hematologist for some form of intervention. ...Read more

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What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

Low hemoglobin: Anemia may be caused by blood loss perhaps through GI bleeding or decreased blood production in bone marrow. Fatigue and shortness of breath are most common dymptoms. ...Read more

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