By Trinity and Victoria
The symptoms of Sickle-cell disease
The most common symptom of anemia is fatigue. Others are Shortness of breath, Dizziness, Headaches, Coldness in the hands and feet,Paler than normal skin or mucous membranes (the tissue that lines your nose, mouth, and other organs and body cavities), and Jaundice (a yellowish color of the skin or whites of the eyes). Sickle cell anemia is present at birth, but many infants don't show any signs until after 4 months of age.
The Life Expectancy of Sickle-Cell Disease
The median age at death was 42 years for males and 48 years for females. Among those with sickle cell-hemoglobin C disease, the median age at death was 60 years for males and 68 years for females.
Images of Sickle-cell disease
How common is Sickle-cell disease?
More things about sickle-cell disease
- Which chromosome(s) is this disorder on? How is it inherited? Is it a single gene or multiple genes? Is it recessive or dominant? Sickle cell disease is caused by a mutation in the hemoglobin-Beta gene found on chromosome 11. Hemoglobin transports oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. Red blood cells with normal hemoglobin are smooth and round and glide through blood vessels.
Sickle Cell Disease
Is there a cure?
This treatment may even offer a cure for a small number of people. The stem cells used for a transplant must come from a closely matched donor.