Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle Cell Anemia - once a year, while others have them...

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Sickle Cell Anemia
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An Overview 70,000 infected 2 million carriers Reason why it has been passed down: Blood disorder affecting hemoglobin Low blood cell count anemia
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Symptoms
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What You’ll Feel… • Infection-fighting problems • Jaundice (a condition that causes skin and  whites of the eyes to turn yellow) • Reach puberty later than others • Severe pain in the chest, stomach, arms, and  legs • Feel tired often
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What is a pain crises? The periods of pain that are felt are called pain crises . They vary in severity, how often they occur, and how long they last. Some only have these pains
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Unformatted text preview: once a year, while others have them much more often, lasting for an hour, to an entire week. Did You Know? People who are diagnosed with sickle cell anemia often do not live past their mid-40s. Prevention-Genetic Counseling-There really are no ways to prevent the disease, but there are ways to control it. Ways To Control the Disease: • Newborn screening • Daily penicillin until age six • Folic acid daily to help make new red blood cells • Plenty of water daily • Avoid too hot or too cold temperatures • Avoid over exertion and stress • Always get plenty of rest...
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This note was uploaded on 10/29/2008 for the course BIOLOGY 102 taught by Professor Cameron during the Spring '08 term at Ole Miss.

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