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Sickle Cell Anemia
(HM012)

Introduction


Sickle cell disease (CSD) is an inherited blood disorder, characterized primarily by chronic anemia and periodic episodes of pain. The underlying problem involves hemoglobin, a component of the red cells in the blood. The hemoglobin molecules in each red blood cell carry oxygen from the lungs to the body organs and tissues and bring back carbon dioxide to the lungs.

By occluding blood vessels sickle cells cause vascular injury. This vaso-occlusion, which is responsible for most of the severe complications of sickle cell disease, can occur wherever blood flows. This process produces the periodic episodes of pain and ultimately can damage the tissues and vital organs and lead to other serious medical problems.

One of every 600 African Americans in the United States has sickle cell anemia. Fortunately, because of significant advances in treatment and preventive care, persons with sickle cell disease now survive into their fifth and sixth decades.

Health maintenance is extremely important in SCD and must include measures to prevent specific disease complications or at least to facilitate their diagnosis and minimize their impact.

Management of a crisis involves control of pain, maintenance of adequate hydration, and treatment of any underlying precipitating factors.

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