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Sickle cell anemia question. Are the blood cells normal unless there's an illness and then they sickle?

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Dr. David Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

In sickle cell anemia, the red cells are always "deformed".
Certain things (dehydration, hypoxemia) will further increase the "sickling" causing an increase in symptoms.

In brief: No

In sickle cell anemia, the red cells are always "deformed".
Certain things (dehydration, hypoxemia) will further increase the "sickling" causing an increase in symptoms.
Dr. David Masiello
Dr. David Masiello
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Dr. Cindy Steele
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Unfortunately no, even without stress they have an abnormal hemoglobin and quickly develop the deformed shape and also do not live as long as normal red blood cells.

In brief: No

Unfortunately no, even without stress they have an abnormal hemoglobin and quickly develop the deformed shape and also do not live as long as normal red blood cells.
Dr. Cindy Steele
Dr. Cindy Steele
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