Sickle Cell Anemia

By: Ashley Thomson and Hannah Moore

How can you get it ?

When you inherit 2 genes for sickle hemoglobin (1 from each parent)

~ normal : AS

~ sickle : SS

Signs and Symptoms

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 at 9pm

Age 66 is the adverage life span

Ulcers, Jaundice and eye damage

Also reduces the ability to carry oxygen

How do I treat it ?

Severe sickle cell anemia can be treated with a medicine called hydroxyurea .

Mild pain often is treated at home with over-the-counter pain medicines, heating pads, rest, and plenty of fluids.

Current Research

In 2010, a study found that neurologically normal adults with sickle cell disease scored lower on test of brain function than normal adults without the disease. This was the first study to examine brain function in adults with sickle cell. A second study is ongoing to evaluate the impact on the brain function of adults with sickle cell anemia.