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I was wondering what are sickle cells and why are they important?

I was wondering what are sickle cells and why are they important?

Sickle cell disease: You can google it for more details. The wikipedia entry is pretty accurate, although pretty technical. Sickle cells are a shape of red blood cells caused by a mutation found predominantly in people from sub-saharan regions. The disease can be either mild or severe. Attacks cause severe pain and multiple other complications. ...Read more

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Why is it important to get tested for sickle-cell anemia before couples ttc?

Why is it important to get tested for sickle-cell anemia before couples ttc?

Why tested for sickl: There are carriers of sickle cell disease which is called sa or sickle cell trait.For a child to have sickle cell disease he/she has to have sickle cell trait present in both parents.Only if both parents test positive for sickle cell trait then there is one in four chance to have baby with sickle cell ss, anemia, and 2in four chances of sc, or sickle cell trait and1 in four chance normal infant. ...Read more

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My son has the sickle cell trait and he is only 11. What important facts should I know about it?

My son has the sickle cell trait and he is only 11. What important facts should I know about it?

Keep it in mind.: Sickle trait can become an issue when you visit high altitudes or when dehydrated. Symptoms can include abdominal pain from a swelling of the spleen, or generalized pain. Also sickle trait can be passed on. There are parents who never knew they had sickle trait who have children who are diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Sickle trait is typically not a problem, but keep these things in mind. ...Read more

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How does the sickling of cells cause jaundicr, ulcer and episodes of pains?

How does the sickling of cells cause jaundicr, ulcer and episodes of pains?

Sickle cell pain: The vaso-occlusive crisis is caused by sickle-shaped red blood cells that obstruct capillaries and restrict blood flow to an organ, resulting in ischemia, pain, necrosis and often organ damage. Damage to the liver causes jaundice.The pathogenesis of chronic ulcers in scd is complex: mechanical obstruction, venous incompetence, in situ thrombosis, arteriovenous shunting, decreased local oxygen. ...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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What is the trend in sickle cell anemia?

What is the trend in sickle cell anemia?

Who will have it bad: The trend currently is trying to find out why some people have very little problems and others can be so troubled by this disease. In some, the disease will cause strokes, lung problems, leg ulcers etc. If we knew early on who would have it bad, maybe treatments could be given earlier to prevent these problems. But not everyone has it bad, so it is hard to know. ...Read more

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What are the effects of sickle cell anemia?

Many.: Basically, sickle cell disease causes disturbance of the blood vessels, typically smaller vessels. Over time, this can cause many problems. Painful episodes, eye problems, lung problems (similar to pneumonia), strokes, decreased spleen function (which can cause severe infections), kidney problems, and o ther problems. Sickle cell disease is not the same in all people. Some have milder symptoms. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia painful?

Pain crisis=painful: Sickle cell anemia itself is not painful . However sickle cell anemia can be complicated with crisis episode either in a form of sickle cell pain crisis ( this is painful), or other episode such as acute chest syndrome , stroke etc. ...Read more

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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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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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