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Sickle Cell And It's Symptoms

The most prevalent form of sickle cell illness is sickle cell anemia(SCD). SCD is a dangerous condition that causes the body to produce sickle-shaped red blood cells. The term "sickle-shaped" refers to red blood cells that have a crescent form.

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The cells of sickle cell disease are rigid and sticky. They have a tendency to obstruct blood flow in the limbs and organs. Pain, major infections, and organ damage can all result from obstructed blood flow.

According to the American Society of Hematology, one out of every twelve African-Americans has the sickle cell gene.

Alternate names for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD); Hemoglobin SS disease (Hb SS)

Causes

Sickle cell anemia is a condition that is passed down through the generations. Sickle hemoglobin is inherited in two forms: one from each parent and one from the patient. Red blood cells with sickle hemoglobin develop a sickle, or crescent, shape. The cells of sickle cell disease are rigid and sticky. They have a tendency to obstruct blood flow in the limbs and organs. Pain, major infections, and organ damage can all result from obstructed blood flow.

The traits of Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell trait is a disorder that affects people who receive a sickle hemoglobin gene from one parent and a normal gene from the other. Their bodies produce both sickle and normal hemoglobin. Sickle cell trait patients normally have few, if any, symptoms and live normal lives. Some people, however, may experience medical issues. Sickle cell trait carriers can pass on the sickle hemoglobin gene to their children.

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Anemia-Related Signs and Symptoms

Fatigue is the most prevalent symptom of anemia (feeling tired or weak). Anemia can also cause the following signs and symptoms:

• Shortness of breath • Dizziness • Headaches • Coughing in the hands and feet

• Skin or mucous membranes that are paler than normal (the tissue that lines your nose, mouth, and other organs and body cavities)

• Yellowing of the skin (a yellowish color of the skin or whites of the eyes)

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