Sickle Cell Anemia
What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell Anemia, or sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that's inherited — meaning it's passed down from parents to their children. Babies are born with sickle cell disease when they inherit two abnormal genes (one from each parent). These genes cause the body's red blood cells to change shape.
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What it does at birth
Sometimes it can cause birth defects or other health conditions. A birth defect is a health condition that is present in a baby at birth. Your baby has to inherit a gene change for sickle cell from both parents to have SCD. If he/she inherits the gene change from just one parent, he/she has sickle cell trait.
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Symptoms and Signs
Facts about Sickle cell Disease
NOT A DEATH SENTENCE
It is really cool that in the last 20 years there has been a number of scientific advancements that have made it possible to improve life with the disease. Around 1990 the average life span of someone with sickle cell anemia was barely 18 years old. Now people are easily living their 40's, living happy and productive lives that they find very meaningful.
What Are the Types of Sickle Cell Disease ?
There are many different types of sickle cell disease, but Hemoglobin SS, Hemoglobin SC, and Sickle Beta Thalassemia are the most common types of sickle cell disease. Hemoglobin SS is Homozygous sickle cell disease. The Hemoglobin S gene is inherited from both parents.
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