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What is the life expectancy with sickle cell anemia?

What is the life expectancy with sickle cell anemia?

close to normal : Scd is many types , the most severe is the ss-disease . Even among patients with ss disease, there are risin the past it was about 4decades. With the improved care, prevention of serious complications by early diagnosis, blood transfusion, exchange for stroke patients and the use of hydroxy urea, life expectancy is becoming close to normal in many patients with scd who are under good medical care. ...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's the life expectancy of someone with sickle cell anemia?

Shortened. : Depends on the complications experienced as a child. Those with numerous complications will love shorter lives than those without complications. Those without complications can live into their 60s the average lifespan of someone with sickle cell is probably in the mid to late 40s we are still trying to understand why some people have so many troubles and others do not. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy of someone with sickle cell anemia be?

What would the life expectancy of someone with sickle cell anemia be?

Shorter than average: It depends on the type and severity of the sickle cell anemia that you have and all complications related to the sickle cell anemia- i.e.Acute chest syndrome, strokes, avn, mi, etc. The life expectancy is unfortunately shorter than average population- in hb ss sickle cell anemia- on average it's around 40- 50 yrs of age. The more severe and more complications - the shorter the life span would be. ...Read more

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Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Not if just 1 trait: Having either beta thalassemia trait or sickle cell trait is a mild condition and should not cause symptoms to the point of making a person frequently ill nor shortening life expectancy. Having beta thalassemia major or sickle cell disease, or both sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia trait, usually causes severe enough chronic disease symptoms to shorten lifespan an uncertain amount. ...Read more

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What's the life span of someone with sickle cell anemia?

What's the life span of someone with sickle cell anemia?

Variable : The problem with sickle cell anemia is prognosis varies. Most are living longer because of better infection control, newer medication like hydrea, (hydroxyurea) and improved follow up managment. Some patients can have sickle cell and greater levels of hbf and they tend to do better. Predictors can include sausage digits, stroke, renal failure, anemia level less then 7, leukocytosis. The best answer is it varies. ...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 a severe condition?

Is sickle cell anemia a severe condition?

Significant problem: Sickle cell anemia is a significant and serious problem as it can cause acute and chronic complication- including death. However, the severity will depend on the type of sickle cell anemia, what complications/crisis and severity of complication/crisis that you have had? A regular follow up with your hematologist and compliance to your doctor recommendation are very important. ...Read more

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What to tell me about sickle cell anemia?

What to tell me about sickle cell anemia?

See below: Sickle cell anemia occurs when 2 abnormal hemoglobin genes are present and a person's body produces sickle cell hemoglobin exclusively. 1 sickle cell gene and a normal gene produce sickle trait, which has no symptoms. Other abnormal hemoglobin genes can combine with a sickle cell gene and produce other types of anemia. There are several other genetic hemoglobin abnormalities. ...Read more

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What is being done to cure sickle cell anemia?

No cure: There is no cure for sickle cell anemia but you can have treatment for pain crisis ,anemia off and on as needed. ...Read more

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