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Sickle Cell Anemia

Who can I marry

12/02/2008

Question:

Who can people suffering from sickle cell anaemia marry and on what condition? How long do they live because I`m one?

Answer:

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder which requires both parents at least having one gene for the sickle hemoglobin. If you have "ss sickle cell disease" and marry someone with no "ss" then the children will have sickle cell trait, not the disease. Life span is changing and people live into their 40-50s in general, but we have some patients over 60.

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University