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Sickle Cell Anemia

Bacteria From Uncooked Hamburger Meat

07/03/2008

Question:

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?

Answer:

The bacteria from the hamburger is long gone. I think it is just a coincidence.

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Response by:

Anthony D Villella, MD Anthony D Villella, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University