Week 9 Discussion - 6521.docx - Week 9 Discussion Sickle Cell Anemia Sickle cell anemia is an autosomal recessive disorder in which abnormal hemoglobin

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Week 9 DiscussionSickle Cell AnemiaSickle cell anemia is an autosomal recessive disorder in which abnormal hemoglobinleads to chronic hemolytic anemia with numerous clinical consequences (Arcangelo & Peterson,2017). Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of yourbody (Mayo Clinic, 2018). In sickle cell anemia, the abnormal hemoglobin causes red blood cellsto become rigid, sticky and misshapen (Mayo Clinic, 2018). Sickle cell anemia, a homozygousform, is the most severe (Huether & McCance, 2017). The amount of sickling each cell has isdependent upon the amount of oxygenation, fluid status, and pH each patient has. The greater thehypoxia, pH, and dehydration the greater the curvature of the RBC. Deoxygenation is probablythe most important variable in determining the occurrence of sickling (Huether & McCance,2017).TreatmentTo treat sickle cell anemia one must also treat the symptoms that are associated with this disease. These patients tend to have a great deal of pain that will require oral pain medications, hydrocodone or oxycodone, as well as possible IV pain medications, such as Morphine or Dilaudid, if the case is severe, however over-sedation needs to be monitored. Antibiotics may be prescribed for children as young as two months old to five years old in order to decrease the chances of infections (Mayo Clinic, 2018). Blood transfusions will be ordered in times of crisis and hospitalizations. Hydroxyurea should also be prescribed once daily to decrease the frequency
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  • Summer '15
  • Hemoglobin, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle-cell disease, Mayo Clinic

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