Sickle Cell, simply put, is the deformation of various red blood cells due to a alteration of a amino acids in the hemoglobin protein. These deformed red blood cells create a sickle, or crescent shaped. These sickle cells cause issues within the cardiovascular system, often blocking small vessels, preventing parts of the body from obtaining oxygen. These sickle cells are able to prevent tissues and organs from obtaining the oxygen they need through the block vessels. More importantly sickle cells don't function as a normal blood cell would, transport
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If you have sickle cell anemia, you'll need to make regular visits to your doctor to check your red blood cell count and monitor your health. Sickle Cell Anemia Treatments may include medications to reduce pain and prevent complications, blood transfusions and supplemental oxygen and Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT).
Bone Marrow Transplant offers the only potential and long term cure for Sickle Cell Anemia.
BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT
1. Acute Pain (Sickle Cell or Vaso-occlusive) Crisis
Pain episodes (crises) can occur without warning when sickle cells block blood flow and decrease oxygen delivery. People describe this pain as sharp, intense, stabbing, or throbbing. Severe crises can be even more uncomfortable than post-surgical pain or childbirth.
Pain can strike almost anywhere in the body and in more than one spot at a time. But the pain often occurs in the Lower back, Legs, Arms, Abdomen, Chest.
A crisis can be brought on by Illness, Temperat
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