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Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

No: A diagnosis of sickle cell disease precludes donation of blood. This is not only because of the presence of the disease itself, but also because patients with sickle cell disease fail to meet the hemoglobin criteria for donors set by the red cross, which is 12.5g/dl. ...Read more

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What is the blood type given to those who have sickle cell anemia?

What is the blood type given to those who have sickle cell anemia?

Same rules...: If a person with sickle cell disease requires a transfusion, the rules governing which blood types are safe are the same as for the general population. ...Read more

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Sickle cell anemia question. Are the blood cells normal unless there's an illness and then they sickle?

Sickle cell anemia question.  Are the blood cells normal unless there's an illness and then they sickle?

No: In sickle cell anemia, the red cells are always "deformed". Certain things (dehydration, hypoxemia) will further increase the "sickling" causing an increase in symptoms. ...Read more

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Do routine blood tests show sickle cell anemia? Can a routine blood panel show whether or not a person has sickle cell anemia?

Do routine blood tests show sickle cell anemia? Can a routine blood panel show whether or not a person has sickle cell anemia?

Maybe, but not best: A routine blood test can show sickle cells, but they may not be reviewed that closely. The best test is a special test of the hemoglobin, called hemoglobin electrophoresis. Sickle cellis also screened on all children born in the us. Your pediatrician should have these results. ...Read more

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What blood type is administered to those that have sickle cell anemia?

What blood type is administered to those that have sickle cell anemia?

Type-specific: Type specific blood is given. In those patients who require blood transfusions very frequently, the providers often will expand the blood typing to include a number of addition blood typing systems. We call this an expanded phenotyping of blood. ...Read more

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I do urine and blood tests for my sickle cell anemia, will thc show in these test?

I do urine and blood tests for my sickle cell anemia, will thc show in these test?

Not unless: any of them are part of a screen for drugs of abuse. Don't you worry that the THC will negatively impact your condition? I would encourage you to be honest with your medical provider. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a caucasian develop sickle cell anemia after a blood transfusion from an afrimight it happen that amerimight it happen that donor?

No: You inherit sickle cell anemia from your parents, you can't "catch it" from a blood transfusion. By the way, sickle cell anemia is not confined to african-americans; it is found in many individuals from the middle east and other regions around the mediterranean sea. ...Read more

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Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count?

Why might having a sickle cell anemia crisis result in a reduced red blood cell count?

See below: In sickle cell crisis there is both reduced production of red cells and excessive destruction of red cells. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Blood test positive for sickle cell anemia doctor said she is not sure if it is the trait or the actual illness! what do I do next?

Depends: If your doctor did a sickledex that was positive, this might not distinguish between sickle trait and sickle cell disease. The next test is a hemoglobin electrophoresis. If this shows mainly HGB a with HGB s, this is sickle trait. If both a and s but more s, this is sickle/beta+ thalassemia. If only s, sickle cell disease or sickle/beta 0thalassemia. Your doctor can explain what these mean. ...Read more

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I know that the typical test for sickle-cell anemia is a hemoglobin electrophoresis, but will you be able to see the sickle shape of the blood cells?

I know that the typical test for sickle-cell anemia is a hemoglobin electrophoresis, but will you be able to see the sickle shape of the blood cells?

Yes: Sick led cells are readily seen on a peripheral blood smear. It's worth knowing that the irreversibly sick led cells that you see on a smear are not necessarily the ones that cause the problem. In order for a cell at risk for sickling to occlude the small blood vessels (capillaries), they first must be able to enter them. In other words they must be deformable. They become occlusive in the vessel. ...Read more

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Hi, I have sickle cell anemia, B+ blood group, Hgb 7.4 gd/l. what should I do to transfer blood if I have antibody reciptents screening are positive?

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I have sickle cell anemia, B+ blood group, Hgb 7.4 gd/l.
what should I do to transfer blood if I have antibody reciptents screening are positive?

Blood bank question: If I understand your question, you have an antibody that makes it possible for you to accept blood from certain donors beyond the limits of the ABO system. Your local blood bank handles this although we appreciate your wish to educate yourself about these deep matters. If blood is hard to find and you need it, you have our sympathy; you may be a candidate for a high-tech therapy. ...Read more

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There has been vaginal discharge of blood clots and recently a semi hard brownish ball size of golf ball. Has sickle cell anemia. What could be causes?

There has been vaginal discharge of blood clots and recently a semi hard brownish ball size of golf ball. Has sickle cell anemia. What could be causes?

Vaginal bleeding: There are multiple options for heavy periods. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Vaginal discharge should be tested for infections. ...Read more

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Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

NO: To simplify- providing that the father has a completely normal blood - ( no other type of congenital/hereditary bood disorder-like thalasemia minor, hemoglobin c disease etc) - the baby will have 50% risk to have sickle cell trait-but the baby will not have sickle cell anemia. ...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?

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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I have sickle cell anemia and I notice my fingers are blue in some areas of my hand could I have blood clots somewhere in my arm or hands?

I have sickle cell anemia and I notice my fingers are blue in some areas of my hand could I have blood clots somewhere in my arm or hands?

Little clots. : There could very well be little clots that would normally supply the tips of your fingers with blood. Your Hematologist should opine about proper management. ...Read more

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Do people always die young if they have sickle cell anemia?

Do people always die young if they have sickle cell anemia?

Sickle cell disease: There have only been a couple of studies examining life expectancy in patients with sickle cell disease. One study i know of found a median age at death of 42 for men and 48 for women with sickle cell disease. However, there are many variables impacting prognosis and survival from one patient to the next. ...Read more

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What are some ways to help yourself with sickle-cell anemia?

You can't prevent it: Sickle cell dz is a constitutional disease caused by a mutation in codon 6 of the beta globin gene that changes glutamate to valine in the encoded protein. There is no way to prevent it. The best advice is for you to receive regular care in a comprehensive center by expert teams who manage sickle cell dz and care for its sequelae. Sequelae are both acute and chronic with progressive features. ...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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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

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