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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sickle Cell Anemia
Bacteria From Uncooked Hamburger Meat
My wife has sickle cell anemia and up until around 2002 she rarely got sick with any pain crisis. The summer of 2002 my brother had a barbeque and one of the hamburgers was not fully cooked. She ate it and since then she seems to get sick every 3 to 4 months. My question is, is it possible that the uncooked meat left some bactieria in her system that has never left and it`s causing her sickle cell to act up?
The bacteria from the hamburger is long gone. I think it is just a coincidence.
Anthony D Villella, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University