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How do I prevent a crisis in flying with sickle cell anemia?

How do I prevent a crisis in flying with sickle cell anemia?

Sickle cell anemia: Good hydraion and good control/follow up wi your docor for your sickle cell are important. Your risk obviously will depend on the type of sickle cell anemia, the severity and your compliance to the therapy given for your sickle cell anemia. D/w your md and follow the recommendation. In general, need to keep good hydration, oxygenation. Take your Hydrea (hydroxyurea) as recommended and f/u with your doctor. ...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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How do people treat sickle cell anemia to prevent sickle cells?

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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What jobs would sickle cell anemia prevent you from being able to work?

What jobs would sickle cell anemia prevent you from being able to work?

Additional info: Sickle cell disease and sometimes trait prevent the patient from being an airline or military pilot. Otherwise most careers that do not involve high altitude would probably be fine, as the other doctor had written. ...Read more

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What are some ways (self-treatment) to prevent or help deal with sickle cell anemia?

What are some ways (self-treatment) to prevent or help deal with sickle cell anemia?

Depends: It depends on the type of sickle cell anemia. Assuming hemoglobin ss disease we recommend good hydration, avoidance of heavy exercise, avoidance of nicotine. It is really a cumbersome topic though these are the major ones. I would ask your physician, they should be able to provide you with education on prevention of sickle cell crises. Sickle cell is genetic, inherited from mom and dad. ...Read more

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If me and boyfriend both have sickle cell trait, how will we prevent our children from having full sickle cell anemia?

Nothing: Unfortunately, there would be 25% chance for your child to have sickle cell disease and 50% chance for sickle cell trait . With our technology now, nothing can alter the risk. Sorry to say , the only thing for somebody with sickle cell trait to completely prevent any possibility of having a biological child with sickle cell disease is by having a child with somebody with normal hb. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

Pain.: When red cells sickle, they become rigid and block the flow of blood. If this happens in muscle or bone, the result is pain. In the lung it's pain and shortness of breath. In the brain, it can cause a stroke. Any organ can be effected. A painful crisis happens when blood flow is interrupted. They are episodic and unpredictable. ...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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Hello, I have sickle cell anemia, my hematologist recomended me to do splenectomy does it help to reduce pain crisis ?

Puzzling : most sickle cell patients have auto splenectomy. If you have scd then that is usual. Seek additional input ...Read more

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Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count, an elevated white blood cell count, and a reduced hematocrit?

Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count, an elevated white blood cell count, and a reduced hematocrit?

Acute blood trapping: Sickle cell crisis occurs because these patients red cell are not elastic, gets trapped in vessels, in spleen,liver, lungs,leading to loss from circulation, hence low red cells and hematocrit in CBC. Repeated episodes compromise immune functions and patients prone to infections, which could then induce rise in white blood cells to fight infections. BE hydrated, No strenous exercise ArePreventive. ...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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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