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Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from leg ulcers?

Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from leg ulcers?

Blood flow and oxyge: Sickle cells both slow blood flow and decrease oxygen carrying capacity of blood leading to ulcers. Try nitro paste near not on ulcer. ...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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Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from some leg ulcers?

Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from some leg ulcers?

Complicated: Probably the best explanation is that they develop a shunting of blood from the veins to the arteries this bypasses some areas and causes them to be deprived of nutrients this causes the tissue to die producing an ulcer. ...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?

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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If you suffer from a chronic pain disorder such as sickle cell anemia what natural pain relief is there?

If you suffer from a chronic pain disorder such as sickle cell anemia what natural pain relief is there?

Prevent ss crisis: Hydration, a lot of fluids, oxygenation, Folic Acid supplements, treat infection new studies suggest sickle cell patient cannot vasodilate due to low nitric oxide--resveratrol, present in grapes, red wine increase nitric oxide! ---but I am skeptical. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to do a report on sickle cell anemia and I was wondering do people with sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

What to do if I have to do a report on sickle cell anemia and I was wondering do people with sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

No: The disease usually results in the self destruction of the spleen as a functional organ by the age 3. At that point it would have no impact on the disorder and cease to be of any importance. ...Read more

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Do people with sickle cell anemia have higher chance of having a cerebrovascular accident (stroke)?

Do people with sickle cell anemia have higher chance of having a cerebrovascular accident (stroke)?

Yes.: Sickle cells can clog blood vessels causing small strokes (embolic); they can also damage blood vessel walls making them more susceptible to tearing and bleeding and leading to strokes (hemorrhagic). Keeping blood pressure and diabetes under control and keeping the percentage of sickle cells low can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

Can people with sickle cell anemia donate blood?

No: A diagnosis of sickle cell disease precludes donation of blood. This is not only because of the presence of the disease itself, but also because patients with sickle cell disease fail to meet the hemoglobin criteria for donors set by the red cross, which is 12.5g/dl. ...Read more

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Interested to know if people with sickle cell anemia usually get splenectomies?

Sometimes: Occasionally patients with sickle cell disease will have a splenectomy. It usually occurs if the spleen gets to large and it is life-threatening. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...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