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Are there effects of sickle cell? What are they?

Are there effects of sickle cell? What are they?

A constitutional Dz: Ssdz is a constitutional malady that affects all organ systems. The underlying pathology is micro vascular occlusion that compromises the tissue downstream. We worry about multiple sequelae of this disease. Pain crises are most common. More ominous are the acute chest syndrome and stroke, both of which can be life threatening. Pts with sickle disorders need care in comprehensive centers by experts. ...Read more

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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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I'm expecting a child and I have sickle cell, what should I expect?

I'm expecting a child and I have sickle cell, what should I expect?

A healthy child: Expect a healthy child! if you have sickle cell anemia then you will pass that trait on to all your children and they will lead normal lives with just sickle cell trait. It is important to know if the father of the child has sickle trait...If so then there is a 50 % chance your children together will have sickle cell anemia. Have you discussed this with your physician? You need to. ...Read more

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My grandchild has sickle cell what should be done to keep her healthy?

My grandchild has sickle cell what should be done to keep her healthy?

Penicillin: Children less than 5 years of age should receive penicillin prophylaxis every day. They should receive their immunizations as scheduled, including annual influenza vaccines, Pneumovax 23 and Menactra vaccines at 2 years of age. The grand child should see a pediatric hematologist every 6 months. Lastly, fever of 101 degrees or higher is a medical emergency- see md immediately. ...Read more

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If both me and my wife have sickle cell, what are the chances our child will as well?

If both me and my wife have sickle cell, what are the chances our child will as well?

Disease or Trait?: Do you have sickle cell disease or trait (carrier)? Sickle cell disease is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. If both parents have sickle cell disease, then the child will have the disease. If both parents have sickle cell trait, then there is a 25% chance of having a child with sickle cell disease and 50% chance of having a child with sickle cell trait (carrier). ...Read more

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How effective is a splenectomy for a child with sickle cell? What are possible complications?

How effective is a splenectomy for a child with sickle cell? What are possible complications?

May help: Usually spleens autoinfarct (shrink to small fibrous tissue), sometimes spleens capture red cells and get very large with a lot of blood in them. This is called splenic sequestration syndrome and sometimes splenectomy is required. Infection is the major complication and can be prevented with vaccinations and oral antibiotics. Please speak to your child's doctor. ...Read more

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A person who can't take iron medication and has sickle cell what would be good for them to gain back iron in the body?

Dietary iron: Usually the iron in dark greens and/or red meat (in moderation) will be tolerated, and is better for absorption than large dose supplement of it. ...Read more

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If I adopt a child with sickle cell anemia, what should I expect?

If I adopt a child with sickle cell anemia, what should I expect?

Talk to a specialist: They can be well a lot but can have a lot of pain issues, pulmonary problems, more infections than other kids, maybe need transfusions and can be overwhelming if you do not know what you are getting in to. ...Read more

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When having sickle cell anemia what medicine can you take for a cold?

When having sickle cell anemia what medicine can you take for a cold?

Check with Heme Dr.: Hematology doctors who takes care of the sickle problems have guidelines on cold medications that are ok to use. Some doctors recommend not using tylenol/motrin/advil to treat fever, because such meds may "mask" a fever that would otherwise send a patient to the doctor to get treatment for an infection. Some recommend avoiding meds that can increase heart rate (such as phenylephrine and sudafed). ...Read more

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What can I do if my cousin's baby has sickle cell anemia what is it exactly?

What can I do if my cousin's baby has sickle cell anemia what is it exactly?

Please see doctor: Infants with sickle cell disease (or anemia--same), should be followed by a pediatric hematologist. The infants usually do very well on antibiotic prophylaxis and folic acid. Sickle cell disease is caused by the s hemoglobin gene given to the new baby by each parent. One gene would produce the sickle trait from one parent. Fever with the disease is an emergency and must be seen immediately. ...Read more

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If you have sickle cell anemia, what are the chances you'll pass it on to your children?

If you have sickle cell anemia, what are the chances you'll pass it on to your children?

Depends: If your partner does not carry the gene, all your babies would be carriers. If your partner is a carrier, the risk is 50% with any pregnancy. ...Read more