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Sickle-Cell Anemia Hemoglobin an oxygen carrying protein in blood is sometime altered in people causing interruptions in the circulation of blood This is known as Sickle-Cell Anemia In the United States Sickle-Cell Anemia is found mostly in blacks About 1 in 400 blacks in the United States have the disorder In Africa and parts of the Middle East Sickle-Cell Anemia can be found not just in the United States In infants it only takes about 6 months after birth for symptoms of Sickle-Cell Anemia to appear These symptoms include the following swelling of hands and feet and enlargement of heart and abdomen Sexual maturation may be delayed in the adolescence stage of life Later in life leg ulcers and infections can occur due to blood flow disturbance caused by the disease Sickle-Cell Anemia gets its name from the sickle a sharp crescent- shaped tool When a person has Sick-Cell Anemia their red blood cells change in shape due to the altered hemoglobin in the blood When the oxygen in the blood cells is reduced for any reason the cells become oddly shaped They are shaped like a sickle This blood disease is inherited from the parents much like other traits The gene for Sickle-Cell Anemia is codominant with the gene for normal blood hemoglobin When the heterozygous form occurs that person is said to be a Sickle-Call Carrier He or she has the gene for the Sickle-Cell Anemia but does not show the symptoms of the disorder Sickle-Cell carriers are partially resistant to Malaria
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