Mychala Schulz and Jessie Foster
WHAT IS IT?
-Body makes crescent-shaped red blood cells that quickly die out after 10-20 days
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
-Genetically inherited from genes provided by both parents
-Only one gene does not cause the disease, but that person has sickle cell trait
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
-Fatigue (most common)
-Shortness of Breath
-Coldness in hands/feet
WHAT ARE THE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS?
-Blood test to check for hemoglobin S
-Amniotic fluid test on an unborn baby
HOW COMMON IS IT?
-Affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans
-1 in 500 African-American births
-1 in 36,000 Latin American births
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT IT?
-Cannot be prevented because it is caused by inherited genes
-Blood test can determine if a couple can be at risk for a sickle cell baby
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
- the risk of inheriting sickle cell anemia comes down to your genetics
-sickle cell anemia can lead to complications such as: strokes, acute chest syndrome (chest pain, fever and difficulty breathing), pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure), organ damage, blindness, skin ulcers, gallstones, priaprism
CURRENT TREATMENT OPTIONS
- Medications used to treat:
Antibiotic- penicillin- helps prevent infections
Hydroxyurea (Droxia, Hydrea)-hydroxyurea reduces the frequency of painful crises and may reduce the need for blood transfusions
- Vaccinations to prevent infection
- Red blood cell transfusions- can increase the number of normal red blood cells in circulation, helping to relieve anemia
- Supplemental Oxygen - breathing supplemental oxygen through a breathing mask adds oxygen to the blood and helps you breathe easier
-Stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant) - recommended only for people who have significant symptoms
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