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Hiya, what are the causes of sickle cell anemia? I know it is inherited but i need it explained in a way that can tell me the causes of gene mutation.

Hiya, what are the causes of sickle cell anemia? I know it is inherited but i need it explained in a way that can tell me the causes of gene mutation.

Gene mutations: are random. The sickle gene confers some resistance to malaria due to the abnormal configuration of hemoglobin. Sickle trait/sickle cell anemia is most prevalent in populations where malaria is or was endemic. It is likely that the mutation conferred some competitive advantage due to its antimalarial effects and was promulgated through natural selection. ...Read more

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Mutation (Definition)

In genetics, a mutation is a change in the nucleotide sequence of the genome of an organism, virus, or extrachromosomal genetic element. Mutations result from unrepaired damage to dna or to RNA genomes (typically caused by radiation or chemical mutagens), from errors in the process of replication, or from the insertion or deletion of segments of dna ...Read more


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Can you explain to me how mutation take place in sickle-cell anemia?

Can you explain to me how mutation take place in sickle-cell anemia?

Important gene...: Sickle cell anemia is caused by a mutation in the gene that tells your body to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. In sickle cell anemia, the abnormal hemoglobin causes red blood cells to become rigid, sticky and misshapen. These abnormal red blood cells lead to the various symptoms of the disease. ...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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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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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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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

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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 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 are the different types of sickle cell anemia?

What are the different types of sickle cell anemia?

Types os SIckle Cell: From nih, division of blood diseases and resources: sickle cell disease-ss: 65% of us patients; genotype s/s sickle cell disease-sc: 25% of us patients; genotype s/c sickle cell disease-s beta + thalassemia: 8% of us patients; genotype betas/ beta + thalassemia sickle cell disease-s beta 0 thalassemia: 2% of us patients; genotype betas/ beta 0 thalassemia. ...Read more

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What is the blood type given to those who have sickle cell anemia?

What is the blood type given to those who have sickle cell anemia?

Same rules...: If a person with sickle cell disease requires a transfusion, the rules governing which blood types are safe are the same as for the general population. ...Read more

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What are the types of gene defects in sickle cell anemia?

What are the types of gene defects in sickle cell anemia?

Several: There are several genetic defects that lead to sickle cell anemia. They all lead to a change in the 6th Amino Acid in the beta-globin chain in which valine is substituted for glutamic acid. At least 5 different dna mutations have been identified that all lead to the same Amino Acid substitution, and thus, sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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What blood type is administered to those that have sickle cell anemia?

What blood type is administered to those that have sickle cell anemia?

Type-specific: Type specific blood is given. In those patients who require blood transfusions very frequently, the providers often will expand the blood typing to include a number of addition blood typing systems. We call this an expanded phenotyping of blood. ...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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What type of genetic disorder is sickle cell anemia or trait?

Hemoglobinopathy: Patients with sickle cell anemia make an abnormal hemoglobin (hgb.). Normal HGB consists of paired protein chains (globin) and an iron containing part (heme). Patients with ssa inherit an abnormal beta-globin gene from each parent. Carriers have one normal beta-globin gene and one sickle beta globin gene. The carriers (trait) have no symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a man with sickle cell anemia catching herpes simplex type 2 from someone that is not having an outbreak?

Not zero: Sickle cell anemia plays no role in this situation. The key point is that some individuals that have been infected with herpes simplex virus can have asymptomatic shedding of virus, even when not having an outbreak. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and wanted to know how to go about getting stem cell transplant, is there some type of waiting and who do I go through?

Need a donor : Stem cell transplant is not a simple procedure and can carry significant risk. However it will cure sickle cell anemia. The biggest hurdle to transplant is finding a donor who matches you. You would have to be seen at a transplant center first to do the testing to see if a potential donor exists and to get insurance authorization. The center would also have to have a protocol for sickle cell. ...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 (levonorgestrel) 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

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Sickle cell anemia? I am anemic duno the type. I see jaundice sometms. Not in eye. Meditrainian backr. Priods of stress and hypractvty. Ill + s/s thks

Anemia: Sickle cell is exclusively in blacks and if severe would have manifested from early childhood. A simple hemoglobin electrophoresis should tell you if you have any genetic defect. Otherwise, there are other types of anemia that are way more common - iron deficiency, hemorrhagic, aplastic, b12/folic acid deficiency, anemia of chronic disease etc. ...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?

Is sickle cell anemia a severe condition?

Depends: It depends on the type of sickle cell disease a patient has, and how many attacks they get in a year and how severe those attacks are. ...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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Anemia (Definition)

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