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What are cyanate and thiocyanate? Can they be used to treat sickle cell anemia?

What are cyanate and thiocyanate? Can they be used to treat sickle cell anemia?

Ask ur Hematologist: Dietary cyanate, from foods containing cyanide derivatives, has been used as a treatment for sickle- cell anemia. In the laboratory, cyanate and thiocyanate irreversibly inhibit sickling of red blood cells drawn from sickle cell anemia patients. However, the cyanate would have to be administered to the patient for a lifetime, as each new red blood cell created must be prevented from sickling. ...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 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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What are effective ways to treat the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

What are effective ways to treat the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

See below: Sickle cell anemia can be very difficult to treat. Avoiding any known precipitating circumstance may help. Keep well hydrated. There are medications that may help if crises are frequent or severe. Blood (exchange) transfusions may also help if crises are severe or frequent. Consult with a hematologist who treats people with sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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Can the basic genetic defect of sickle cell anemia be treated?

Yes: A bone marrow transplant can replace the cells responsible for creating sickle cells with cells that produce normal hemoglobin. This is a very difficult and dangerous procedure that can lead to significant complications and death. This is why it is not routinely used to treat sickle cell anemia. Research is ongoing in attempts to have people with sickle cell anemia make normal blood cells. ...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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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 a severe condition?

Significant problem: Sickle cell anemia is a significant and serious problem as it can cause acute and chronic complication- including death. However, the severity will depend on the type of sickle cell anemia, what complications/crisis and severity of complication/crisis that you have had? A regular follow up with your hematologist and compliance to your doctor recommendation are very important. ...Read more

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What to tell me about sickle cell anemia?

What to tell me about sickle cell anemia?

See below: Sickle cell anemia occurs when 2 abnormal hemoglobin genes are present and a person's body produces sickle cell hemoglobin exclusively. 1 sickle cell gene and a normal gene produce sickle trait, which has no symptoms. Other abnormal hemoglobin genes can combine with a sickle cell gene and produce other types of anemia. There are several other genetic hemoglobin abnormalities. ...Read more

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What is being done to cure sickle cell anemia?

No cure: There is no cure for sickle cell anemia but you can have treatment for pain crisis ,anemia off and on as needed. ...Read more

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What cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

What cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

Symptoms of SS: The altered shape of the red blood cells causes them to stack up together and clog blood vessels, depriving the tissues of adequate blood supply and oxygen. The tissues then die (infarct) and this causes pain. The red cells also rupture or are eaten by the spleen and cause anemia. The spleen itself will gradually infarct, leaving the patient susceptible to infections. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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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