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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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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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Can you get sickle cell anemia as an adult, but didn't have it as a child or is it a hereditary?

Can you get sickle cell anemia as an adult, but didn't have it as a child or is it a hereditary?

Inherited: Sickle cell anemia is hereditary. But it comes in several varieties depending what was inherited from parents. S-s is severe & usually diagnosed in infancy. S-a is carrier state & may go undetected into adulthood. Many variants are possible. This refers to how hemoglobin proteins are manufactured by red cells programmed by genes. See: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/sickle-cell-disease. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia prevalent where malaria doesn't exist?

Only here in the US: If you compare a MAP of malaria prevalence (number of cases) to a MAP of sickle cell disease prevalence, they are almost super-imposable with one exception; the United States. The prevalence of sickle cell anemia in the us is as high as some african countries with lower malaria frequencies, but our only malaria comes from travelers. ...Read more

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How come clinical signs in sickle cell anemia don't appear until the child is a year old?

How come clinical signs in sickle cell anemia don't appear until the child is a year old?

Fetal hemoglobin: Sickle cell disease results from a mutation in the beta hemoglobin gene. In infants, the beta hemoglobin gene is largely not used by the body (the gene is "off"). Instead, babies use a different gene named gamma hemoglobin. The gamma hemoglobin does not carry the sickle mutation. During the 1st year of life, the body gradually switches from using gamma to beta. Thus, symptoms can be delayed. ...Read more

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How come clinical signs in sickle cell anemia don't appear until the child is at least 12 months old?

How come clinical signs in sickle cell anemia don't appear until the child is at least 12 months old?

Maturing hemoglobin: The hemoglobin involved with sickle cell develops after birth. Children are born with a different hemoglobin type and this changes over the first 3-6 months to be sickle hemoglobin. This is what delays the syptoms of sickle cell. ...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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What it the probability that a couple's child will be afflicted with sickle cell anemia if they both carry that trait but don't exhibit it?

What it the probability that a couple's child will be afflicted with sickle cell anemia if they both carry that trait but don't exhibit it?

25% chance: If both parents have trait, then the child has a 25% chance of having sickle cell disease, a 50% chance of having trait, and a 25% chance of not inheriting any mutation. ...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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If a child has sickle cell anemia, wouldn't both the parents need to have sickle cell trait?

If a child has sickle cell anemia, wouldn't both the parents need to have sickle cell trait?

No: There are varying forms of sickling diseases, however it is a recessive trait and so the parents may appear fine but carry the trait and yet have a child with the disease. ...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