Sickle Cell Anaemia is an inherited form of anaemia in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body.In sickle cell anaemia, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles or crescent moons, which can get stuck in small blood vessels causing reduced or slow blood flow to parts of the body. The signs tend to appear in infants after 4 months of age and can include episodes of pain, hand-foot syndrome, frequent infections, delayed growth and vision problems.
HOW IS SICKLE CELL ANEMIA DIAGNOSED?
The hematologist may prescribe blood tests to identify the disorder. A blood test called hemoglobin electrophoresis is used to confirm the diagnosis.
HOW IS SICKLE CELL ANEMIA TREATED?
A number of different treatments are available for Sickle Cell Anemia which includes antibiotics, supplemental oxygen, and surgery to treat persistent and painful erections.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sickle Cell Anemia is an autosomal recessive condition.