sickle cell anemia

Jade Gandhi & Catherine Smerz

What is Sickle Cell Anemia?

A disorder where the normal blood cells take the form of a sickle shape (cresent) shape.

Age of Onset : infancy, sickle cell anemia is inherited by two parents who either have the gene or carry it

treatments may include

  • blood transfusions
  • blood & marrow stem transplants
  • antibiotics for infants
  • oxygen therapy

What Scientists are doing to help

As of now there is no real cure for Sickle-Cell Anemia. However as scientists look to find a cure they are finding more and more ways to help the patients deal with the pain of living with the disease. (written by the national heart lung and blood institute.)

Charecteristics of sickle cell anemia

Sickle cell Anemia is a rare blood disease in which the blood is shaped like a cresent moon instead of the normal round donut shaped cell in most individuals. The disease can cause severe pain and organ damage due to the amount of blood loss traveling through the blood stream.

Effects on a person's life

Those who have sickle cell anemia will experience this throughout their life

  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Damage to the spleen
  • Pain bursts
  • Late growth spurt
  • Vision complications

Karyotype chart of Sickle Cell anemia

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