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How is it possible for a baby to have sickle-cell anemia and leukemia?

How is it possible for a baby to have sickle-cell anemia and leukemia?

It is possible: It is not common- but unfortunately it can happen. Sickle cell anemia does not protect somebody to have leukemia and vise versa. ...Read more

Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

A group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become ...Read more


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How are sickle cell anemia and malaria related? I've heard of an evolutionary advantage.

How are sickle cell anemia and malaria related? I've heard of an evolutionary advantage.

Sickle and malaria: Patients with sickle cell disease are protected againts severe and complicated malaria infection- by 2 mechanism: -1. Cells infected with malaria paracytes had accelerated sickling compared with noninfected cells- and as the result the cell would be destroyed/ promoting removal of infected cells from the circulation `2.Impaired paracyte growth due to reduce o2 content in sickle cell. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and I have been having a lot of pain attacks what should I do ?

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I have sickle cell anemia and I have been having a lot of pain attacks what should I do ?

F/u with your MD: You need to have a regular f/u with your hematologist and follow the recommendation.Need to make sure you hydrate yourself well. Avoid getting dehydration, and getting infection. Personal hygiene is important too. Be compliant with your hydrea-if you are supposed to take it. Some people need regular blood transfusion some people dont. D/w your hematologist things you should do to prevent crisis. ...Read more

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Which is the connection between hypoxia or sickle cell anemia and pica for foam?

Which is the connection between hypoxia or sickle cell anemia and pica for foam?

No direct connection: I don't believe there is any direct connection between hypoxia or sickle cell disease and pica. Individuals with iron deficiency anemia tends to crave for ice, but also on occasions tend to eat inedible material, such as tissues. I have seen sickle cell patients eating a lot of toilet papers, or tissues. I believe that some form of anemia may cause pica, but not limited to sickle cell. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and I'm getting B12 and magnesium but both are still dropping, why is this?

I have sickle cell anemia and I'm getting B12 and magnesium but both are still dropping, why is this?

Unrelated: Folic acid supplement is generally recommended for individuals with sickle cell disease. Need for extra vitamin B12 and magnesium signify the presence of other problem other than sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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Can sickle cell anemia and lip piercings mix well?

Can sickle cell anemia and lip piercings mix well?

No relationship: No relationship between lip piercings and sickle cell anemia except that must be careful about infections. ...Read more

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If my boyfriend has sickle cell anemia and I don't have neither the trait or disease, will our child end up having it?

If my boyfriend has sickle cell anemia and I don't have neither the trait or disease, will our child end up having it?

No: If your boyfriend has sickle cell anemia (2 abnormal genes) and you have 2 normal genes, then your children will all have sickle cell trait but none will have the disease. You need to be sure you have no other blood abnormalities like thalassemia or hemoglobin c trait which can be totally asymptomatic; this would change the answer significantly! ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia, and I'm currently in the hospital been here for a week, I'm getting fluids and oxygen but my retic count is going up, ?

I have sickle cell anemia, and I'm currently in the hospital been here for a week, I'm getting fluids and oxygen but my retic count is going up, ?

That's what you want: It is much better that your reticulocyte count is going up than if it was going down. It may indicate that your red blood cells (RBCs) are being hemolyzed/destroyed faster than usual, but this often happens during an illness in patients with sickle cell disease. If your reticulocyte count was going down, that would indicate your body isn't making new RBCs, and that would be bad. Get better soon ...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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What to do if I have to do a report on sickle cell anemia and I was wondering do people with sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

What to do if I have to do a report on sickle cell anemia and I was wondering do people with sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

No: The disease usually results in the self destruction of the spleen as a functional organ by the age 3. At that point it would have no impact on the disorder and cease to be of any importance. ...Read more

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Can someons parents have sickle cell anemia and then they don't get the trait nor the anemia?

Another possibility: One sickle cell syndrome is a combination of sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia. The symptoms are most like sickle cell disease. If this person had children, they could pass on the beta thalassemia and not the sickle cell. Otherwise, people sickle cell disease will have children with either trait or disease. ...Read more

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Is sickle-cell anemia and malaria a virus or a bacteria spread disease?

Is sickle-cell anemia and malaria a virus or a bacteria spread disease?

Agree with Dr Diede: Sickle-cell trait & disease is an autosomal recessive inheritance from parents (genetics). Malaria is a parasitic infection. In a person who has sickle-cell trait – the red blood cells are destroyed prematurely before the Plamodium can reproduce. According to one study “Sickle cell trait provides 60% protection against overall mortality. Most of this protection occurs between 2-16 months of life." ...Read more

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If your infant is a sickle cell anemia and you feel a little spleen what to do before go to the hospital?

If your infant is a sickle cell anemia and you feel  a little spleen what to do before go to the hospital?

Sickle cell anemia: All patients of sickle cell anemia have an enlarged spleen to begin with but later due to recurrent splenic infarcts it shrinks. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and wanted to know how to go about getting stem cell transplant, is there some type of waiting and who do I go through?

Need a donor : Stem cell transplant is not a simple procedure and can carry significant risk. However it will cure sickle cell anemia. The biggest hurdle to transplant is finding a donor who matches you. You would have to be seen at a transplant center first to do the testing to see if a potential donor exists and to get insurance authorization. The center would also have to have a protocol for sickle cell. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and i also have a foot/ankle ulcer. What can I do to treat it?

See Podiatrist: Or wound care specialist to get it properly evaluated and treated. Keep wound clean and protected. ...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

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more