Sickle Cell Anemia
Tests and Treatments
A blood test is used to find out if someone had SCA. The way they check the blood is by examining the blood under a microscope to find the sickled blood cells.
When a baby is born it is tested right away in 40 states to see if it has SCA. If a woman is pregnant they can also find out if their unborn baby has SCA.
Because of drug treatments and medical care, half of SCA patients live past 50 years. The treatments are
- Pain management
- Blood transfusions
The only cure is a bone marrow transplantation from a sibling. Continued research is needed
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