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What is the average life of a sickle cell disease patient?

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Published At February 8, 2019
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My fiance got sickle cell disease (SCD). He is 27 years old and does not suffer from anything else. He takes medication and changes his blood every four to six months. My question is does it affect his life expectancy?


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Usually, in sickle cell anemia, a blood transfusion is not needed. The prognosis depends on the severity of sickle cell disease. Dehydration and infection are usual precipitants for sickle cell anemia. Therefore, it is better to avoid them, and whenever such an incident occurs, consult a doctor immediately. Sickle cell anemia patient's median age can be considered between 50 to 60 years but still, the exact specific prognosis cannot be predicted.

Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri


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