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What Are Sickle Cells And Why Are They Important
Sickle cell disease: You can google it for more details. The wikipedia entry is pretty accurate, although pretty technical. Sickle cells are a shape of red blood cells caused by a mutation found predominantly in people from sub-saharan regions. The disease can be either mild or severe. Attacks cause severe pain and multiple other complications. ...Read more
Why tested for sickl: There are carriers of sickle cell disease which is called sa or sickle cell trait.For a child to have sickle cell disease he/she has to have sickle cell trait present in both parents.Only if both parents test positive for sickle cell trait then there is one in four chance to have baby with sickle cell ss, anemia, and 2in four chances of sc, or sickle cell trait and1 in four chance normal infant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep it in mind.: Sickle trait can become an issue when you visit high altitudes or when dehydrated. Symptoms can include abdominal pain from a swelling of the spleen, or generalized pain. Also sickle trait can be passed on. There are parents who never knew they had sickle trait who have children who are diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Sickle trait is typically not a problem, but keep these things in mind. ...Read more
Sickle cell pain: The vaso-occlusive crisis is caused by sickle-shaped red blood cells that obstruct capillaries and restrict blood flow to an organ, resulting in ischemia, pain, necrosis and often organ damage. Damage to the liver causes jaundice.The pathogenesis of chronic ulcers in scd is complex: mechanical obstruction, venous incompetence, in situ thrombosis, arteriovenous shunting, decreased local oxygen. ...Read more
Who will have it bad: The trend currently is trying to find out why some people have very little problems and others can be so troubled by this disease. In some, the disease will cause strokes, lung problems, leg ulcers etc. If we knew early on who would have it bad, maybe treatments could be given earlier to prevent these problems. But not everyone has it bad, so it is hard to know. ...Read more
Many.: Basically, sickle cell disease causes disturbance of the blood vessels, typically smaller vessels. Over time, this can cause many problems. Painful episodes, eye problems, lung problems (similar to pneumonia), strokes, decreased spleen function (which can cause severe infections), kidney problems, and o ther problems. Sickle cell disease is not the same in all people. Some have milder symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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