Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited form of anemia in which there is a lack of healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen to your body cells. In people with Sickle Cell Anemia, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles. Symptoms are:
• Shortage of red blood cells
• Periodic episodes of pain called crises
• Hand-foot syndrome
• Frequent infections
• Delayed growth
• Vision problems
HOW IS SICKLE CELL ANEMIA DIAGNOSED?
A general physician would note these symptoms and do a blood test to determine this problem.
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?
Some patients with this medical condition don’t survive beyond their infancy or early childhood.