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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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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 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?

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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Can you please tell me how sickle cell disase and sickle cell anemia differ?

Can you please tell me how sickle cell disase and sickle cell anemia differ?

It depends: This often gets confusing because doctors don't always use terms the same way. Sickle cell anemia typically refers to the condition where a person inherits two s genes; by convention hematologists call this ss. This is also a type of sickle cell disease, but often hematologist include other diseases like sc disease (one s gene, one c gene) or s/beta thal under the umbrella of sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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At what age can I test to see if I am a carrier for sickle cell anemia?

At what age can I test to see if I am a carrier for sickle cell anemia?

Late teens: Carrier testing should only be done in persons who can give intelligent informed consent. Young children should not be tested. Older teens who can give meaningful consent may be tested. ...Read more

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How is sickle cell anemia detected?

Blood test: Every newborn baby undergoes "newborn screening" test before they are released from hospital. Most of abnormal hemoglobins, e.g. Hemoglobin s in sickle cell disease, are detected. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for painful crises in sickle cell anemia ?

What are the reasons for painful crises in sickle cell anemia ?

Vasoocclusive event: Episodes of pain are the most common type of vasoocclusive event. Pain may be precipitated by events such as weather conditions, e,g,, high wind speed, low humidity, dehydration, infection, stress, menses, alcohol consumption, and nocturnal hypoxemia. However, the majority of painful episodes have no identifiable cause. ...Read more

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What are the different types of sickle cell anemia?

What are the different types of sickle cell anemia?

Types os SIckle Cell: From nih, division of blood diseases and resources: sickle cell disease-ss: 65% of us patients; genotype s/s sickle cell disease-sc: 25% of us patients; genotype s/c sickle cell disease-s beta + thalassemia: 8% of us patients; genotype betas/ beta + thalassemia sickle cell disease-s beta 0 thalassemia: 2% of us patients; genotype betas/ beta 0 thalassemia. ...Read more

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I'm having a tough time with my sickle cell anemia. I'm hurting everyday. I don't know what to do.

I'm having a tough time with my sickle cell anemia. I'm hurting everyday. I don't know what to do.

Sickle cell anemia: What you need to do is see your hematology specialist as soon as you can. If you are not satisfied with this doctor ask your family or friends to tell you which other doctor they think is better. Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Can sickle-cell anemia be detected from a test?

Can sickle-cell anemia be detected from a test?

Yes: Certain blood work - i.e. Cbc, and a hemoglobin electrophoresis, - would need to be done to establish a diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Low Blood Count (Definition)

Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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