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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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Can I have sickle cell anemia?

Can I have sickle cell anemia?

Anyone can...: It would be unlikely that would could reach the age of 46 and not be diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. If you are truly concerned, testing is very easy. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia trait can that affect me?

I have sickle cell anemia trait can that affect me?

Usually not: Sickle cell trait is a hemoglobin genotype as and is generally regarded as a benign condition. However, individuals with sickle cell trait may have rare complications that mimic sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Do beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia always reduce life expectancy?

Not if just 1 trait: Having either beta thalassemia trait or sickle cell trait is a mild condition and should not cause symptoms to the point of making a person frequently ill nor shortening life expectancy. Having beta thalassemia major or sickle cell disease, or both sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia trait, usually causes severe enough chronic disease symptoms to shorten lifespan an uncertain amount. ...Read more

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What is sickle cell anemia?

What is sickle cell anemia?

Hereditary: Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary condition where some of the red blood cells become sickle shaped and rigid, and can't get through the smallest capillaries. Blocked circulation causes extreme pain in joints, abdomen, or chest. ...Read more

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How did sickle cell anemia relate to malaria?

How did sickle cell anemia relate to malaria?

Malaria /sickle cell: 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, before the onset of clinical immunity in areas with intense transmission of malaria.” S ...Read more

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How dangerous is sickle cell anemia?

More info needed: Patients with sickle cell anemia have greater tendency for severe anemia and infection. Usually children have more difficulties. Sometimes frequent transfusion is needed to assist in crises, or to suppress sickle hemoglobin and decrease sickling issues which can be very painful. Hydroxyurea is used to help symptoms and to increase fetal hemoglobin, vaccinations, and antibiotics help. See MD. ...Read more

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What is sickle cell trait and anemia?

Genes: Sickle cell anemia occurs when someone has 2 sickle cell genes. Normal hemoglobin (hb) genes code for hb a. A sickle cell gene codes for hb s. Having 1 hb a gene & 1 hb s gene leads to sickle trait. This will have no symptoms, but has some health consequences. 2 genes for hb s leads to sickle cell anemia. To make things more complicated, there are other abnormal hb genes that can cause problems. ...Read more

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What makes sickle cell anemia so significant?

What makes sickle cell anemia so significant?

Chronic disease: Sickle cell disease is so significant in that it is a chronic disease that affects almost every organ. Like diabetes, the effects of sickle cell, crises, and transfusions can permanently affect the heart, the kidneys, the liver, the lungs, and the brain. ...Read more

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How is sickle cell anemia detected?

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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Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

No: A diagnosis of sickle cell disease precludes donation of blood. This is not only because of the presence of the disease itself, but also because patients with sickle cell disease fail to meet the hemoglobin criteria for donors set by the red cross, which is 12.5g/dl. ...Read more

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Can we use hydroxyurea with sickle cell anemia patient?

Can we use hydroxyurea with sickle cell anemia patient?

HU in sickle cell: Certain patients with sickle cell can be helped by Hydroxyurea (hu). Initially, Hydroxyurea was thought to increase fetal hemoglobin levels (not carrying the sickle cell mutation), but more recently, hu has been shown to decrease high white blood cell counts which can lead to vaso-occlusive crises. Talk with your hematologist to see if hu is right for you. ...Read more

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How do people treat sickle cell anemia to prevent sickle cells?

Sickle cell Dz Rx: Several things may be helpful. Supportive measures include staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet. Some physicians recommend folate (folic acid) supplementation due to rapid rbc turnover. Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended in children but can often be stopped in late childhood as instructed by your doctor. Regular care in a comprehensive center. Hydroxyurea can be beneficial by raising hgbf levels. ...Read more

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Are malaria and sickle cell anemia related? If so, how?

Are malaria and sickle cell anemia related? If so, how?

Yes: The mutation in sickle cell disease causes the red blood cell half-life to be shorter than normal. This can offer some protection against malaria because it disrupts the life cycle of the organism. This disease, along with thalassemias (which also shorten the red blood cell half-life), are prevalent in areas of the world that have high malaria rates. ...Read more

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Is malaria and sickle cell anemia related?

Sickle cell Trait: can offer some protective value regarding severity of malarial disease. 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, before the onset of clinical immunity..." ...Read more

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Does high reticulocyte count mean sickle cell crisis?

Not necessarily....: Patients with sickle cell disease have elevated reticulocyte counts at baseline, as their red cells have significantly reduced half lives relative to normal rbcs. More rapid red cell synthesis, reflected by the high retic count, is needed to maintain steady state, albeit lower than normal. Are you having other symptoms suggesting vaso occlusive crisis? If so, you should seek medical attention. ...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 crisis more severe in sickle cell thalassemia or sickle cell alone?

Most less severe: Most are less severe in sickle cell thalassemia, but depends. HbS/B(0)thal: similar to HbSS in severity maybe slightly less severe. HbS/B(+)thal: has 60% HbSS and 30% HbA, thus less severe than HbSS (sickle cell alone). HbS/A-thal: less severe than HbSS due to decreased HbSS amount. ...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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Why is sickle cell anemia painful?

Poor circulation: In sickle cell disease red cell stick together and block circulation to extremity and other organ so it cause pain crisis. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

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