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What will happen if I fly without extra o2 and I have sickle cell disease?

What will happen if I fly without extra o2 and I have sickle cell disease?

Ask ur Hematologist: Contact the airline company. They may be able to provide you with the oxygen while flying. You and your dr. Must fill out a medical form for that purpose. The fear in sicle cell is to have a crisis with severe pain and occlusion to the arteries causing strokes and heart attacks. ...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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Will I need supplemental o2 if I need to fly regularly and I have sickle cell disease?

Will I need supplemental o2 if I need to fly regularly and I have sickle cell disease?

Depends: Commercial airplanes are pressurized to normal atmospheric pressure. If you require supplemental oxygen chronically because of chronic pulmonary disease, then you may need supplemental oxygen on flights. If you do not have chronic lung disease that requires chronic oxygen, then supplemental oxygen is not needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the hbs polypeptide reduce oxygen transport in sickle cell disease?

Can you tell me how the hbs polypeptide reduce oxygen transport in sickle cell disease?

Some info: Hemolobin S produces what are known as hemoglobin tactoids-gelations of hemoglobin which are not as able to release oxygen because of mechanical reasons. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia, and I'm currently in the hospital been here for a week, I'm getting fluids and oxygen but my retic count is going up, ?

I have sickle cell anemia, and I'm currently in the hospital been here for a week, I'm getting fluids and oxygen but my retic count is going up, ?

That's what you want: It is much better that your reticulocyte count is going up than if it was going down. It may indicate that your red blood cells (RBCs) are being hemolyzed/destroyed faster than usual, but this often happens during an illness in patients with sickle cell disease. If your reticulocyte count was going down, that would indicate your body isn't making new RBCs, and that would be bad. Get better soon ...Read more

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Could oxygen therapy be usedto reduce a sickle cell crisis?

Could oxygen therapy be usedto reduce a sickle cell crisis?

No; treats it.: Sickle cell crises are often precipitated in low oxygen tension situations. Oxygen therapy can help avaid a crisis and/or help treat an evolving one and decrease rbc sickling. ...Read more

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My boyfriend & I have sickle cell anemia, our son will also inherit the disease. Should we wait until umbilical cord stops pulsating before clamping?

Doesn't matter: Sickle cell disease will affect his blood cells over time as they sickle with dehydration and illness, or as they live a shorter duration in the body. Generally there aren't any symptoms at birth, and nothing having to do with the cord will make a difference. In actuality, his fetal hemoglobin will be more protective from sickle cell, and treatments now focus on keeping fetal hemoglobin around. ...Read more

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How is living with sickle cell anemia/disease?

Depends on the sever: It all depends on what kinds of sickle cell anemia you have and how severe it is. For instance someone with sickle cell trait may have no problems whatsoever. ...Read more

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My husband and I are both carriers of sickle cell anemia. What are our chances of our children exhibiting this disease?

My husband and I are both carriers of sickle cell anemia. What are our chances of our children exhibiting this disease?

25%: If both of you have sickle cell trait then each of you has one normal beta hemoglobin gene (a) and one with the sickle cell mutation (s). Your children will inherit one beta globin gene from each of you for a total of two. Therefore for each child that you have, there is a 25% chance of sickle cell disease (ss), a 50% chance sickle cell trait (as), and 25% chance of normal hemoglobin (aa). ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more