• Sickle Cell Disease
    September 3, 2015

    Sickle Cell disease is an inherited genetic disorder.The people who suffer from this disease inherit two sickle hemoglobin genes –one from mother and one from the father.This leads to the development crescent or sickle-shaped red blood cells that are sticky and stiff and block the flow of blood through the blood vessels to organs and limbs.This can damage the organs and cause lot of pain and lead to certain infections.

    Sickle Cell disease

    Normal & Sickled Blood Cells

    Symptoms of Sickle Cell

    The symptoms vary from mild to severe and in extreme cases require hospitalization of the patients.Although it is a birth defect, it does not show until the infant is four months old.Common symptoms include pain and anemia.

    Treatment

    There is no cure for this disorder and only proper care can help improve the quality of life.The patient is referred to a special care team that outlines a complete future medical plan for the child or the adult.In cases where the patients keep on experiencing pain despite preventive measures, a medication-hydroxycarbamide is usually recommended.

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