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Sickle cell anemia, blood transfusion, spleen removal - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello Docter, I have 25 Years old Brother who is suffering from Sickle cell anaemia disorder, is there any medication or way available to recover this disorder
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   hello Docter
Doctor :   May I know what type of sickle cell anemia is he suffering from?
User :   I don't have idea of that
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain.
Doctor :   Sickle cell anemia is a chronic condition.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Genetic factors are associated as the cause of this condition.
User :   He is having the Genetic factors
Doctor :   They are classified into different types based on the severity of the condition.
Doctor :   The most mild form is in which the genetic factors are found, however no symptoms are found.
Doctor :   This is referred to as asymptomatic sickle cell
Doctor :   2 second form is the sickle cell trait form
User :   Is ther any medication or treatment available for this disorder
Doctor :   where in symptoms of anemia occurs only under certain circumstances
Doctor :   and the severe most form is sickle cell disease.
Doctor :   Though this condition cannot be completely cured,
Doctor :   the first 2 forms that is the asymptomatic form and sickle cell trait do not need any major treatments.
User :   Docter can you please give us some way to get out of this disorder
Doctor :   However sickle cell disease needs treatment.
User :   i reckon docter
Doctor :   The treatment here can include means to correct anemia in the form of blood transfusion, prevention of infection, surgical removal of spleen and occasionally bone marrow transplants.
User :   because my brother is unable to live a normal life just like me
Doctor :   all these treatment options are meant to correct anemia and thereby his symptoms.
Doctor :   But an absolute cure is not found.
User :   ok that means it can't be cure as in permenant
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   The treatment available are only to correct the features of anemia.
Doctor :   Some doctor suggest removal of spleen
Doctor :   to prevent the severity of the condition especially if sickle cell disease type is proved.
User :   What you suggest to do in this situation docter
Doctor :   The first thing that you need to do now is to confirm what type of sickle cell anemia your brother is suffering from.
Doctor :   If it is either the asymptomatic one or sickle cell trait
Doctor :   then you need not worry
Doctor :   individuals are able to lead as normal life with no treatment
Doctor :   if it is the first 2 form of the anemia.
Doctor :   Such individuals develop sickling crisis when exposed to reduced oxygen.
Doctor :   Hence no mountain climbing or underwater diving
Doctor :   is to be allowed.
Doctor :   Apart from this just regular monitoring of blood hemoglobin is necessary.
User :   Thank you docter for spending your precious time and giving us such a brief details regarding the disorder
Doctor :   However if the condition is the severe form that is sickle cell disease, then recurrent blood transfusion, regular pain killers, antibiotics, surgical removal of spleen with or without bone marrow transplant is necessary.
User :   I appreciate
Doctor :   I wish that your brother is having the milder from the the condition.
Doctor :   and not the severe sickle cell disease.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No docter
User :   have a nice time
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   Bye
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   no docter sorry for that
Doctor :   No problem.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
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