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Can you please tell me how sickle cell disase and sickle cell anemia differ?

Can you please tell me how sickle cell disase and sickle cell anemia differ?

It depends: This often gets confusing because doctors don't always use terms the same way. Sickle cell anemia typically refers to the condition where a person inherits two s genes; by convention hematologists call this ss. This is also a type of sickle cell disease, but often hematologist include other diseases like sc disease (one s gene, one c gene) or s/beta thal under the umbrella of sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ball
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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


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How can you tell if sideroblastic anemia requires transfusions?

How can you tell if sideroblastic anemia requires transfusions?

Lab results: If the patient has severe anemia on lab tests or if the anemia is signifcant and causing symptoms to the patient such as fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. Then blood transfusions are indicated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how someone get sickle cell disease?

Can you tell me how someone get sickle cell disease?

Inheritance: The sickle cell gene is a mutation in the way the hemoglobin molecule is formed.It takes a pair of sickle genes to cause the change.A single normal gene can cancel the abnormal gene effect. Parents with a single sickle cell gene will be asymptomatic. When a baby gets a sickle gene from both parents, the abnormal genes are expressed as SS disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is sickle cell anemia passed down?

Can you tell me how is sickle cell anemia passed down?

Genetic: Sickle cell disease is a genetic condition. You get one set of genes from each of your parents. If they both carry the gene, it is possible for them to pass it to their child. If both parents pass the affected gene, then the child will have sickle cell disease. If one parent passes it to the child, then the child will be a carrier but not be affected by sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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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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How do people treat sickle cell anemia to prevent sickle cells?

Sickle cell Dz Rx: Several things may be helpful. Supportive measures include staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet. Some physicians recommend folate (folic acid) supplementation due to rapid rbc turnover. Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended in children but can often be stopped in late childhood as instructed by your doctor. Regular care in a comprehensive center. Hydroxyurea can be beneficial by raising hgbf levels. ...Read more

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How do you test fetus for sickle cell anemia?

How do you test fetus for sickle cell anemia?

Genetic test Sickle: Yes the test is done on high risk women at the 17 week of gestation by doing amniocentesis with the permission of both patents. ...Read more

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How early can you get a sickle cell screen?

How early can you get a sickle cell screen?

As a newborn baby: Sickle cell screening is done on all newborns here as part of california's newborn screening program. Other states probably do the same or similar screening for their newborns. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for sickle cell disease?

How do you get tested for sickle cell disease?

Blood & hemoglobin: The first test is to do a blood test and/or smear to look for sickle-cell shaped red-blood cells. This is a tell-tale sign of sickle cell disease. The second is to do a test called a hemoglobin electrophoresis on the blood to test for any of the hemoglobin molecules such as a, c, s, f. Hemoglobin c and especially s are involved in sickle-cell. ...Read more

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Can a sickle cell anemia patient gain weight? If so how or what ways?

Can a sickle cell anemia patient gain weight? If so how or what ways?

Sickle cell, wt gain: This is a tough question. With increase of metabolic rate due to the body trying to replace RBC's that's life span is 20 days instead of 120 days, increase of calories is important. Hydration is very important to avoid crisis episodes. New therapy with Hydroxyurea is showing promise in the area of weight gain. A diet high in Omega N3 fatty acid is important as is avoiding excess iron. ...Read more

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How can I have a sickle cell crisis without having the anemia?

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I dont think you can: Sickle cell crisis only happens if you have a diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. The degree of anemia sometimes is not that severe-however you will have anemia if you have sickle cell disease - not just a trait. If you only have a sickle cell trait -you will not have a sickle cell crisis. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'sthat only carriers of sickle cell anemia are immune to malaria?

Can you please tell me why it'sthat only carriers of sickle cell anemia are immune to malaria?

Sickle Cell /Malaria: In a person who has sickle-cell trait – the red blood cells are destroyed prematurely before the Plamodium can reproduce. According to one study “Sickle cell trait provides 60% protection against overall mortality. Most of this protection occurs between 2-16 months of life, before the onset of clinical immunity in areas with intense transmission of malaria.” ...Read more

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Interested to know if people with sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

Interested to know if people with sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

Sometimes: Occasionally patients with sickle cell disease will have a splenectomy. It usually occurs if the spleen gets to large and it is life-threatening. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if adults with sickle cell disease can get splenic sequestration?

Wanted to know if adults with sickle cell disease can get splenic sequestration?

Yes: Splenic sequestration can occur in any sickle patient. Frequently the spleen auto-infarcts by age 3, but if patient has had prior transfusions, their spleen could regrow and could potentially be able to have sequestration. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat sickle cell crisis?

Aggressively: Treatment is of an urgent nature and requires hospitalization typically. The emphasis is on aggressive IV fluid replacement, pain control, treatment of underlying issues such as infection, bloood transfusion or exchange as determined by your hematologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is sickle cell disease contracted?

Can you tell me how is sickle cell disease contracted?

Inheritance: The sickle cell gene is a mutation in the way the hemoglobin molecule is formed.It takes a pair of sickle genes to cause the change.A single normal gene can cancel the abnormal gene effect. Parents with a single sickle cell gene will be asymptomatic. When a baby gets a sickle gene from both parents, the abnormal genes are expressed as SS disease. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest treatment of sickle cell anemia?

Can you please suggest treatment of sickle cell anemia?

No single treatment: Comprehensive sickle cell care at any age increases life expectancy of patients with sickle cell anemia. Children form birth to 5 years of age should receive penicillin prophylaxis. Children should receive immunizations on time. Newer data suggest that most sickle cell patients, including young children, benefit from hydroxyurea. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is potentially curative. ...Read more

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Can someons parents have sickle cell anemia and then they don't get the trait nor the anemia?

Another possibility: One sickle cell syndrome is a combination of sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia. The symptoms are most like sickle cell disease. If this person had children, they could pass on the beta thalassemia and not the sickle cell. Otherwise, people sickle cell disease will have children with either trait or disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

A condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, resulting ...Read more