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How can sickle cell anemia cause osteomyelitis in your bones?

How can sickle cell anemia cause osteomyelitis in your bones?

Answered previously: Hi anandk6. I answered this question recently. Can you not find the answer or did i not answer it satisfactorily? ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Definition)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon..Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks ...Read more


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How does sickle cell anemia lead you to potential osteomyelitis of the jaws?

How does sickle cell anemia lead you to potential osteomyelitis of the jaws?

Bone infarcts: In sickle cell anemia, there may be bone death, or infarction, with a crisis. These infarctions render bones prone to infections, or osteomyelitis. These infections are most common in long bones, rather than the jaw, but may occur in any bone. ...Read more

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What can cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

What can cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

Anemia itself : Causes some symptoms. Sickle cells can decrease flow to organs and lead to bone pain and chest syndrome. ...Read more

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How would HPV affect someone with sickle cell anemia, particularly in the early stages of infection?

Unrelated: Sickle cell anemia and hpv are unrelated and one is not likely to affect the course of the other. Most people are able to get rid of their hpv spontaneously. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/surv-manual/chpt05-hpv.html. ...Read more

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Possible bone marrow disease if they can't find a cause for your anemia?

Possible bone marrow disease if they can't find a cause for your anemia?

Yes: Hello dpatrick8. I am not quite sure what you are asking, but if the cause of anemia is not obvious after a detailed history, physical examination, and blood testing, a bone marrow biopsy is frequently performed to determine the cause. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can cause hemoglobin & hematacrit to be low in children?

What can cause hemoglobin & hematacrit to be low in children?

Low H/H: The most common reason for anemia in children is iron deficiency. The first step in resolving iron deficiency anemia in children is by increasing intake through iron rich foods, such as meat, poultry and fish. If this doesn't help, an iron supplement may be needed. Your doctor can help you with this. ...Read more

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Can long intake of glutathione IV affect cbc? Can it cause blood cancer or leukemia ?

Can long intake of glutathione IV affect cbc? Can it cause blood cancer or leukemia ?

In a good way; no: Glutathione is unlikely to have any affect on the red cell count but may improve one's white cell count if it is abnormal as it supports immune function. As a substance that boosts immunity and supports detoxification it is likely to reduce risk of all cancers; there is no evidence that glutathione can cause any type of cancer. See http://tinyurl.com/y95rale ...Read more

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Is anemia always present in sickle cell anemia? And for how long can i experience pain without this being a crisis for sickle cell?

Is anemia always present in sickle cell anemia? And for how long can  i experience pain without this being a crisis for sickle cell?

They call it sickle: Cell anemia because, indeed, patients essentially all have anemia. The anemia actually improves the rheologic (flow) properties of blood in these patients, whose rbcs are otherwise rigid with reduced degrees of freedom for deformability. Sickle cell pain occurs due to microvascular occlusion and tissue compromise. Oral opiates/ nsaids may provide relief, but IV opiates may be needed (pain crisis). ...Read more

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Low potassium and magniseum in sickle cell patient, how can this be corrected?

Low potassium and magniseum in sickle cell patient, how can this be corrected?

Dietary sources: Don't forget Folic Acid either. Here is some great nutritional info: http://www.Healthaliciousness.Com/articles/foods-high-in-magnesium.Php and http://www.Healthaliciousness.Com/articles/food-sources-of-potassium.Php and http://www.Healthaliciousness.Com/articles/foods-high-in-folate-vitamin-b9.Php. ...Read more

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Describes the symptoms of sickle cell anemia that tend to get somebody hospitalized?

Pain: Pain in bones and joints is the most common reason a person with sickle cell anemia would seek hospital care. Less common, but much more serious, is pneumonia, infection and stroke. ...Read more

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Can long untreated pernicious anemia give you the same symptoms of aplastic anemia with out actually having it. ?

PA: Is due to deficiency of B12 and/or folate (folic acid). Anemia is anemia, whatever the cause. If due to folate (folic acid) deficiency B12 must also be given or you will wind up with a nasty compliocation. ...Read more

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What can be done for sickle cell trait and iron deficiency?

What can be done for sickle cell trait and iron deficiency?

Straightforward: Sickle cell trait is not a disease, it is a genetic mutation. In most cases it has no health problems associated with it. The only thing to be "done" for it is to ensure the person with it understands the significance that having it might have on their children. Iron deficiency responds to iron therapy; depending on the pt's age and situation tests may be needed to determine why it developed. ...Read more

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How does sickle cell anemia cause complications when under anesthetics?

How does sickle cell anemia cause complications when under anesthetics?

Compromising organs: Sickling of the red blood cells can occur from stress or ketoacidosis (diabetes out of control) and causes of low oxygen in the lungs or blood. This will cause the sickled cells to obstruct the flow of the cells that still are able to carry oxygen to the various organs such as the liver, the brain, heart, muscles and any and all tissue. This compromises function of the organ or tissue. ...Read more

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What cardiac diseases or conditions that can be caused by Anemia ? How long does it take for anemia to affect the heart ?

What cardiac diseases or conditions that can be caused by Anemia ? How long does it take for anemia to affect the heart ?

Unusual to affect he: Anemia rarely causes any heart damage although the Heart has to work harder in patients who have more than mild Anemia and that too if they have chronic Anemia like in patients with Sickle cell disease or other hemolytic anemias for which there is no cure. Most times this does not mean that the heart is damaged or diseased due to anemia. ...Read more

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Can the enviorment cause a sickle cell crisis?

Can the enviorment cause a sickle cell crisis?

Yes: Environmental issues can definitely cause a crisis. Cold weather can decrease blood flow causing cells to sickle. Hot weather can cause dehydration, which can lead to a crisis. Certainly environmental issues can lead to respiratory infections, which can lead to a crisis. ...Read more

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Why sickle cell anemeia / multiple myeloma cause diabetes insipidus ? Is it because it may obstruct the blood flow to the kidneys and damage them?

Why sickle cell anemeia / multiple myeloma cause diabetes insipidus ? Is it because it may obstruct the blood flow to the kidneys and damage them?

Basically right: Even sickle cell trait ruins much of the concentrating ability of the kidneys by adulthood. Myeloma is more likely to damage and obstruct the tubules themselves. Both produce a kidney lesion that prevents the urine from becoming concentrated, rather than a pituitary diabetes insipidus. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for painful crises in sickle cell anemia ?

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Vasoocclusive event: Episodes of pain are the most common type of vasoocclusive event. Pain may be precipitated by events such as weather conditions, e,g,, high wind speed, low humidity, dehydration, infection, stress, menses, alcohol consumption, and nocturnal hypoxemia. However, the majority of painful episodes have no identifiable cause. ...Read more

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Can sickle cell anemia retard a child's growth? Can  steroids help?

Can sickle cell anemia retard a child's growth? Can  steroids help?

Yes. Steroids-no: Growth failure and delayed puberty are common in children with scd. Most have detectable growth retardation that affects weight more than height by the age of two years. Tratment with Hydroxyurea early and close f/u is necessary. ...Read more

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What will cause sickle cell patient organs to shut down?

What will cause sickle cell patient organs to shut down?

Very Complicated :: Polymerization-induced sickling as the cause of vasoocclusion. Sickling — that cell sickling is unlikely to be the singular effector of painful vasoocclusion is supported by a lack of correlation between painful events and the number of dense red cells, those cells most prone to polymerization microvascular obstruction:--the smallest vessels should be most susceptible to occlusion. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

An inherited blood disease causing red blood cells to be sickle (curved) shaped instead of round. It shortens life expectancy, and can result in bacterial infections, painful swelling of the hands and feet, fever, arthritis, leg ulcers, fatigue, anemia, eye damage, and ...Read more