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Sickle Cell Anemia

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Meti Teshome

on 6 May 2014

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Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited disease in which healthy red blood cells form into sickle shaped cells

What is it?
Sickle Cell Anemia
A mutation of a single nucleotide of the 400 that code for the hemoglobin protein

This causes a change in one of the amino acids that make up the protein

What Causes Sickle Cell Disease?
Malaria, a serious disease caused by parasites that are passed on to people through bites of mosquitoes that are infected

(Why the Mutation occurred)
Living with sickle cell Anemia
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Normal red blood cells

disc-shaped & flexible

have normal hemoglobin

live about 120 days

Sickle cells
crescent- shaped, sticky, stiff, & fragile
live about 10 - 20 days
About 70,000-100,000 Americans are affected by sickle cell anemia

1 out of every 500 African American births

more than 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic American births
contain abnormal hemoglobin called sickle hemoglobin (deliver less oxygen to the body's tissues)
Central or South America
Caribbean islands, Mediterranean countries
When malarial parasites get into the bloodstream, the red blood cells with abnormal hemoglobin become sickled and die, reducing infection by trapping the parasites inside them

Protection against Malaria


Shortness of breath
Coldness in hands and feet

People with sickle cell Anemia inherit two genes for sickle hemoglobin—one from each parent

Saudi Arabia
Living with sickle cell anemia is difficult but patients can still live productive lives

Pain crises
Hospital visits (regular medical care)

They have to change their lifestyle in order to avoid anything that may cause a crisis, such as certain medications, high altitudes, and intense exercise

medications (strong pain medicines)
painful episodes: crises
blocked blood flow
organ damage
low number of red blood cells
A blood and marrow stem cell transplant
: a procedure that replaces a person's faulty stem cells with healthy ones (may offer a cure for few people)

Blood transfusions
: procedure in which you receive blood through an IV line inserted into one of your blood vessels

: medicine that helps reduce how often pain crises and acute chest syndrome occur
"Sickle Cell Anemia: MedlinePlus." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 05 May 2014.
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