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sickle cell anemia treatment
Posted by: Crissy Taylor
Date: February 8, 2002 2:00 AM

Have you ever heard of raising the body's temperature to help treat sickle cell anemia?

RE: sickle cell anemia treatment
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 8, 2002 2:28 PM

Raising body temperature triggers sickling. It is not something you would want to do if you have SCA. Five factors can trigger sickling: acidosis, hyperthermia, dehydration of red blood cells, increasing hemoglobin concentration; and severe hypoxemia. All of these can be found to occur during exercise and this is why people with SCA should avoid exercise and stay well hydrated.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at March 4, 2008 3:29 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

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