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Is sickle cell anemia purely a genetic disorder?

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: I Don't Think So

I'm guessing a bit as to what you mean by your question.
Sickle cell anemia is caused by a gene mutation on both copies of the beta globin gene. In that sense it is a genetic disease. However, a number of other factors, some of them environmental, can influence the type and severity of problems that patients with ssa have.

In brief: I Don't Think So

I'm guessing a bit as to what you mean by your question.
Sickle cell anemia is caused by a gene mutation on both copies of the beta globin gene. In that sense it is a genetic disease. However, a number of other factors, some of them environmental, can influence the type and severity of problems that patients with ssa have.
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