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What is the cause of sickle cell anemia in fetus?

What is the cause of sickle cell anemia in fetus?

You may be confused.: Fetuses do not suffer from sickle cell anemia in utero because they have a different type of hemoglobin (fetal) that is unaffected even in individuals destined to have sickle cell disease later in life. Affected fetuses come from affected or carrier parents and sickle cell disease is a genetic condition without cure at present. See a genetic counselor to discuss these issues in detail. ...Read more

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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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

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What can cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

What can cause the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

Anemia itself : Causes some symptoms. Sickle cells can decrease flow to organs and lead to bone pain and chest syndrome. ...Read more

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What causes sickle cell anemia besides malaria?

What causes sickle cell anemia besides malaria?

Malaria doesnt cause: Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disease caused by a mutation in the dna coding for hemoglobin. Scientists have long known that sickle cell anemia protects carriers from malaria infections, which could be advantageous in certain parts of the world. Malaria does not cause sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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Please tell me the cause of sickle cell anemia?

Please tell me the cause of sickle cell anemia?

Stiffened hemoglobin: There is a genetic change that causes an abnormal hemoglobin. This abnormal hemoglobin becomes stiff in certain circumstances, causing the red blood cell to sickle. This causes many symptoms, including anemia, pain, and many other symptoms. ...Read more

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How/why does sickle cell anemia cause problems when under anaesthetics?

How/why does sickle cell anemia cause problems when under anaesthetics?

Increased sickling: Multiple factors can result in increased sickling during anesthesia and surgery. Chemical changes in the acidity of the blood, oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, body temperature, etc all increase the risk of sickling. Therefore transfusions are strongly recommended prior to surgery to reduce the total number of red cells with hemoglobin s prior to surgery in an attempt to minimize the risk. ...Read more

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How does sickle cell anemia cause complications when under anesthetics?

How does sickle cell anemia cause complications when under anesthetics?

Compromising organs: Sickling of the red blood cells can occur from stress or ketoacidosis (diabetes out of control) and causes of low oxygen in the lungs or blood. This will cause the sickled cells to obstruct the flow of the cells that still are able to carry oxygen to the various organs such as the liver, the brain, heart, muscles and any and all tissue. This compromises function of the organ or tissue. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged liver in a sickle cell anemia patients?

The bad cells: In simplest terms, the sickle ("bad") cells need to be removed because they get "trapped" in the liver where they are disposed of. These cells don't live as long as normal red blood cells, so the liver is working over time. ...Read more

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How can sickle cell anemia cause osteomyelitis in your bones?

How can sickle cell anemia cause osteomyelitis in your bones?

Answered previously: Hi anandk6. I answered this question recently. Can you not find the answer or did i not answer it satisfactorily? ...Read more

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There has been vaginal discharge of blood clots and recently a semi hard brownish ball size of golf ball. Has sickle cell anemia. What could be causes?

There has been vaginal discharge of blood clots and recently a semi hard brownish ball size of golf ball. Has sickle cell anemia. What could be causes?

Vaginal bleeding: There are multiple options for heavy periods. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Vaginal discharge should be tested for infections. ...Read more

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