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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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What is the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

What is the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

Anemia, pain, crises: The most frequent presenting signs/symptoms of sickle cell include anemia and typical sickle cell crises which include pain crises (severe pain in arms, legs, shoulders, back), acute chest crisis (shortness of breath, cough, fever, lung infiltrate), dactylitis (pain toes/fingers usually as a toddler) and others. Most patients that have sickle cell trait are completely asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

Several symptoms: Sickle cell anemia leads to pain in the bones. It can also lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, strokes. ...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 are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

Pain.: When red cells sickle, they become rigid and block the flow of blood. If this happens in muscle or bone, the result is pain. In the lung it's pain and shortness of breath. In the brain, it can cause a stroke. Any organ can be effected. A painful crisis happens when blood flow is interrupted. They are episodic and unpredictable. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sickle cell anemia like?

What are the symptoms of sickle cell anemia like?

Pain.: When red cells sickle, they become rigid and block the flow of blood. If this happens in muscle or bone, the result is pain. In the lung it's pain and shortness of breath. In the brain, it can cause a stroke. Any organ can be effected. A painful crisis happens when blood flow is interrupted. They are episodic and unpredictable. ...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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Could carriers of sickle cell anemia develop symptoms.?

Could carriers of sickle cell anemia develop symptoms.?

Sickle cell trait: Sickle trait means one copy of hemoglobin carries the mutation for sickle cell disease and the other copy is unaffected. Most people with sickle trait are unaffected by this. For athletes with sickle trait, it is essential to keep well hydrated. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/traits.Html for good recommendations. ...Read more

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What are effective ways to treat the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

What are effective ways to treat the symptoms of sickle cell anemia?

See below: Sickle cell anemia can be very difficult to treat. Avoiding any known precipitating circumstance may help. Keep well hydrated. There are medications that may help if crises are frequent or severe. Blood (exchange) transfusions may also help if crises are severe or frequent. Consult with a hematologist who treats people with sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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What are some of the more subtle symptoms of sickle cell anemia disease?

Not much: Sickle cell disease is seldom subtle. Patients have intermittent periods of intense pain, often in bone, they have all manifestations of profound anemia, including diminished exercise tolerance, shortness of air, generalized fatigue, etc. This is a very bad disease with few subtle manifestations. ...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