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What is the long-term outlook for sickle cell anemia?

What is the long-term outlook for sickle cell anemia?

Sickle cell future: As we better understand sickle cell disease, we hope to increase the quality of life for those affected by this disease. It is essential for those who have this disease to see a physician who specializes in sickle cell. For those with very severe disease, bone marrow transplantation may offer a cure. For others, screening and healthy lifestyle choices will help manage their disease. ...Read more

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 long does a person with sickle cell anemia usually live?

How long does a person with sickle cell anemia usually live?

In general: 50% of patients with sickle cell anemia survive beyond the 5th decade. Early mortality is high among patients whose disease is symptomatic. A high level of fetal hemoglobin predicts improved survival. ...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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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about sickle cell anemia. Is that ok?

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about sickle cell anemia.  Is that ok?

Should tell your doc: It is important to tell your doctor that you have sickle cel anemia as sickle cell anemia can be complicated with crisis episode ( pain crisis, acute chest syndrome, stroke etc) that requires complex management. So, call you roctor and tell him/her about it. ...Read more

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What is sickle cell anemia?

What is sickle cell anemia?

Hereditary: Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary condition where some of the red blood cells become sickle shaped and rigid, and can't get through the smallest capillaries. Blocked circulation causes extreme pain in joints, abdomen, or chest. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia painful?

Is sickle cell anemia painful?

Pain crisis=painful: Sickle cell anemia itself is not painful . However sickle cell anemia can be complicated with crisis episode either in a form of sickle cell pain crisis ( this is painful), or other episode such as acute chest syndrome , stroke etc. ...Read more

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Can I have sickle cell anemia?

Anyone can...: It would be unlikely that would could reach the age of 46 and not be diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. If you are truly concerned, testing is very easy. ...Read more

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How common is sickle cell anemia?

How common is sickle cell anemia?

Pretty common.: 1 in every 500 african-americans, and 1 in every 900 hispanic americans. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia hereditary?

Yes.: it is an autosomal recessive disorder, meaning that both parents must be carriers of the mutation. If they are, the chance of each child being affected is 1 in 4. ...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