Sickle Cell Anemia

October 9, 2010 by staff 

Sickle Cell Anemia, I would like to express my opinion about your recent article on the growing pains. The lady said her grandson woke up the cry of severe pain in her wrists, ankles, knees and hands.
I remember as a parent for 24 years, my 6 month old waking up screaming in pain. The doctors could not find anything wrong until I asked them to test for sickle cell disease.

They found it in a sickle cell crisis. Since this is a hereditary disease that mainly affects African-Americans and some Latinos, you must have asked the grandmother about his nationality. I lost my child at the age of 30 years. I hope this can help save the lives of children who may be affected.

Anemia) Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease that causes abnormal red blood cells (RBCs). Those with the disorder produce insufficient amounts of healthy red blood cells.

They also produce red blood cells that are stiff, sticky and shaped like a crescent or sickle (hence the name). These abnormal cells do not flow easily through the body and often trapped in small vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to the body parts.

To have a child with sickle cell anemia, both parents must have the abnormal gene that causes it to grow. The child must inherit the gene from both parents.

Every parent is a carrier and produced two types of normal and sickle cell hemoglobin and may even produce sickle cell in their own blood, but generally has no symptoms.

The carriers of this gene have a 50 percent to have a child who is a carrier and a 25 percent probability of having a child who is either fully allocated or has sickle cell anemia.

The condition most common in people of African, Spanish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian descent.

The symptoms of sickle cell disease are anemia (low red blood cell and hemoglobin), jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), growth retardation, frequent infections, hand-foot syndrome (swelling of the hands and feet), visual disturbances and episodes of pain, also known as the sickle cell crises.

Complications include gallstones, pulmonary hypertension, acute chest syndrome, stroke, organ damage, skin ulcers and priapism.

There is no certain cure, but there is potential for one with the bone marrow transplant, but finding a compatible donor is difficult, and the procedure itself carries serious or even fatal risk.

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