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Can you get sickle cell anemia as an adult, but didn't have it as a child or is it a hereditary?

Can you get sickle cell anemia as an adult, but didn't have it as a child or is it a hereditary?

Inherited: Sickle cell anemia is hereditary. But it comes in several varieties depending what was inherited from parents. S-s is severe & usually diagnosed in infancy. S-a is carrier state & may go undetected into adulthood. Many variants are possible. This refers to how hemoglobin proteins are manufactured by red cells programmed by genes. See: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/sickle-cell-disease. ...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


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What happens if hug a black guy will I get sickle cell anemia?

What happens if hug a black guy will I get sickle cell anemia?

No: 1. All "black guys" don't have sickle cell anemia. 2. Sickle cell anemia is not contagious, it is caused by mutation in a gene that is not transferred by "hugging". ...Read more

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Do those who have sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

Do those who have sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

Possibly: Other indications would include a recent splenic sequestration crisis (occurs in childhood), or in a patient receiving chronic transfusions for complications of sickle cell disease whose transfusion requirement increases due to collection and destruction of blood cells in an abnormally enlarged spleen. The latter is rare in sickle cell disease. ...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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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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What to do if I have to do a report on sickle cell anemia and I was wondering do people with sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

No: The disease usually results in the self destruction of the spleen as a functional organ by the age 3. At that point it would have no impact on the disorder and cease to be of any importance. ...Read more

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Why is it important to get tested for sickle-cell anemia before couples ttc?

Why is it important to get tested for sickle-cell anemia before couples ttc?

Why tested for sickl: There are carriers of sickle cell disease which is called sa or sickle cell trait.For a child to have sickle cell disease he/she has to have sickle cell trait present in both parents.Only if both parents test positive for sickle cell trait then there is one in four chance to have baby with sickle cell ss, anemia, and 2in four chances of sc, or sickle cell trait and1 in four chance normal infant. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia. Can i still get a lip piercing?

I have sickle cell anemia. Can i still get a lip piercing?

Sickle cell + pierce: Yes. Any signs of infection (redness, pus, swelling, a lot of pain), though, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more