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Sickle cell anemia question. Are the blood cells normal unless there's an illness and then they sickle?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?
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
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
My eye doctor told me I have a retinal hemorrhage. I do not have high blood pressure, diabetes, leukemia or sickle cell anemia. Another cause?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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