Sickle Cell Anemia

Brooke Wojciechowski and Caleigh Achim


Sickle Cell Anemia is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that causes red blood cells to form a sickle, crescent, shape that causes to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. The average age of onset of this disorder is 4 months or older. It is not gender specific but is common in people of African decent.
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  • Chest Pain
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden pain throughout the body
  • Pale Skin
  • Stressful/fearful
  • Lots of Anxiety
  • Depression


  • Daily dose of Penicillin and Folic Acid.
  • Hydroxyurea
  • Bone marrow transplants (Extreme Cases)
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid physical activity
  • Blood transfusions

Affects on Life

  • Lower life expectancy
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Perserverance
  • Pain tolerance
  • Multiple doctor visits
  • Temperature sensitive
  • No airplane rides


  • Hematologists
  • Hydroxyurea
  • No cure

Works Cited

"Living With Sickle Cell Anemia." National lung and Heart Institute. U.S
Department of Health and Human Services, 28 Sept. 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2015.

"Sickle Cell Disease." Learn.Genetics. University of Utah, n.d. Web. 20 Mar.
2015. <